Dr. Kerstin Schepanski

Leibniz Institute for

Tropospheric Research

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig

 

Phone: +49 341 2717-7195

Mail: kerstin.schepanski@tropos.de  

Room: 118 (Building 23.1)

 

Function

Scientific staff

 

Department

Modelling of Atmospheric Processes

 

Area of Research and Research Interests

 

Current Research Projects

 

Completed Projects

 

Memberships

  • Associate Editor, Aeolian Research
  • Board member International Society for Aeolian Research (ISAR)
  • Member of Executive Committee, Leibniz-Forscherverbund INFECTIONS'21
  • Member of Steering Committee, Leibniz-Forscherverbund INFECTIONS'21

Curriculum Vitae:

Academic Qualification

2015 Privatdozent Meteorology
2015 Habilitation Meteorology
2009 Dr. rer. nat. Meteorology
2006 - 2009 PhD student Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel
2006 Diploma Meteorology
2001 - 2006 Studies of Meteorology Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

Habilitation: Meteorological controls on the atmospheric dust cycle

Dissertation: Characterizing Saharan Dust using Remote Sensing and Regional Modeling

Research Experience

since April 2013 Scientist Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany
2009 - 2013 PostDoc School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
2006 - 2009 PhD student Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, and Leibniz Institute for Marine Sciences, Kiel, Germany

Teaching

Winter term 2016/2017

Mineral dust in the Atmosphere

Publications

2017

Schepanski, K., B. Heinold, and I. Tegen (2017), Harmattan, Saharan heat low and West African Monsoon circulation: Modulations on the Saharan dust outflow towards the north Atlantic, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 10223-10243, doi:10.5194/acp-17-10223-2017.

Weinzierl, B., A. Ansmann, J. Prospero, D. Althausen, N. Benker, F. Chouza, M. Dollner, D. Farrell, W. Fomba, V. Freudenthaler, J. Gasteiger, S. Groß, M. Haarig, B. Heinold, K. Kandler, T. Kristensen, O. Mayol-Bracero, T. Müller, O. Reitebuch, D. Sauer, A. Schäfler, K. Schepanski, A. Spanu, I. Tegen, C. Toledano, and A. Walser (2017), The Saharan Aerosol Long-range Transport and Aerosol-Cloud-Interaction Experiment (SALTRACE): overview and selected highlights, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98(7), 1-25, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00142.1.

Zielhofer, C., H. von Suchodoletz, W. J. Fletcher, B. Schneider, E. Dietze, M. Schlegel, K. Schepanski, B. Weninger, S. Mischke, and A. Mikdad (2017), Millennial-scale fluctuations in Saharan dust supply across the decline of the African Humid Period, Quat. Sci. Rev., 171,119-135, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.07.010.

Banks, J. R., H. E. Brindley, G. Stenchikov, and K. Schepanski (2017), Satellite retrievals of dust aerosol over the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf (2005–2015), 2005-2015, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3987-4003, doi:10.5194/acp-17-3987-2017.

 

2016

Schepanski, K., M. Mallet, B. Heinold, and M. Ulrich (2016), North African dust transport toward the western Mediterranean basin: Atmospheric controls on dust source activation and transport pathways during June-July 2013, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 14147-14168, doi:10.5194/acp-16-14147-2016.

Granados-Muñoz, M. J., F. Navas-Guzmán, J. L. Guerrero-Rascado, J. A. Bravo-Aranda, I. Binietoglou, S. N. Pereira, S. Basart, J. M. Baldasano, L. Belegante, A. Chaikovsky, A. Comerón, G. D'Amico, O. Dubovik, L. Ilic, P. Kokkalis, C. Muñoz-Porcar, S. Nickovic, D. Nicolae, F. J. Olmo, A. Papayannis, G. Pappalardo, A. Rodríguez, K. Schepanski, M. Sicard, A. Vukovic, U. Wandinger, F. Dulac, and L. Alados-Arboledas (2015), Profiling of aerosol microphysical properties at several EARLINET/AERONET sites during July 2012 ChArMEx/EMEP campaign, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7043-7066, doi:10.5184/acp-16-7043-2016.

Chaboureau, J.-P., C. Flamant, T. Dauhut, C. Kocha, J.-P. Lafore, C. Lavaysse, F. Marnas, M. Mokhtari, J. Pelon, I. Reinares Martínez, K. Schepanski, and P. Tulet (2016), Fennec dust forecast intercomarison over the Sahara in June 2011, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 6977-6995, doi:10.5194/acp-16-6977-2016.

Wagner, R., K. Schepanski, B. Heinold, and I. Tegen (2016), Interannual variability in the Saharan dust source activation - Toward understanding the difference between 2007 and 2008, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, doi:10.1002/2015JD024302.

Heinold, B., I. Tegen, K. Schepanski, and J. R. Banks (2016), New developments in the representation of Saharan dust sources in the aerosol-climate model ECHAM6-HAM2, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 765-777, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-765-2016.

Mallet, M., F. Dulac, P. Formenti, P. Nabat, J. Sciare, G. Roberts, J. Pelon, G. Ancellet, D.Tanré, F. Parol, A. di Sarra, L. Alados, J. Arndt, F. Auriol, L. Blarel, T. Bourrianne, G.Brogniez, P. Chazette, S. Chevaillier, M. Claeys, B. D'Anna, C. Denjean, Y. Derimian,K. Desboeufs, T. Di Iorio, J.-F. Doussin, P. Durand, A. Feron, E. Freney, C. Gaimoz, P.Goloub, G. J. Gomez-Amo, M. Granados Muñoz, N. Grand, E. Hamonou, I. Jankowiak, M. Jeannot, J.-F. Léon, M. Maillé, S. Mailler, D. Meloni, L. Menut, G. Momboisse, J.Nicolas, T. Podvin, V. Pont, G. Rea, J.-B. Renard, L. Roblou, K. Schepanski, A. Schwarzenboeck, K. Sellegri, M. Sicard, F. Solmon, S. Somot, B. Torres, J. Totems, S. Triquet, N. Verdier, C. Verwaerde, J. Wenger, and P. Zapf (2016), Overview of the Chemistry-Aerosol Mediterranean Experiment/Aerosol Direct Radiative Forcing on the Mediterranean Climate (ChArMEx/ADRIMED) summer 2013 campaign, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 455-504, doi:10.5194/acp-16-455-2016.

 

2015

Groß, S., V. Freudenthaler, K. Schepanski, C. Toledano, A. Schäfler, A. Ansmann, and B. Weinzierl (2015), Optical properties of long-range transported Saharan dust over Barbados as measured by dual-wavelength depolarization Raman lidar measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 11067-11080, doi:10.5194/acpd-15-11067-2015.

Schepanski, K., L. Klüser, B. Heinold, and I. Tegen (2015), Spatial and temporal correlation length as a measure for the stationarity of atmospheric dust aerosol distribution, Atmos. Env., 122, 10-21, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.09.034.

Ryder, C. L., J. B. McQuaid, C. Flamant, R. Washington, H. E. Brindley, E. J. Highwood, J. H. Marsham, D. J. Parker, M. C. Todd, J. R. Banks, J. K. Brooke, S. Engelstaedter, V. Estellés, P. Formenti, L. Garcia-Carreras, C. Kocha, F. Marenco, P. Rosenberg, H. Sodemann, C. J. T. Allen, A. Bourdon, M. Bart, C. Cavazos-Guerra, S. Chevaillier, J. Crosier, E. Darbyshire, A. R. Dean, J. R. Dorsey, J. Kent, D. O'Sullivan, K. Schepanski, K. Szpek, A. Woolley (2015), Advances in understanding mineral dust and boundary layer processes over the Sahara from Fennec aircraft observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 8479-8520,  doi:10.5194/acp-15-8479-2015.

Fiedler, S., P. Knippertz, S. Woodward, G. M. Martin, N. Bellouin, A. N. Ross, B. Heinold, K. Schepanski, C. E. Birch, and I. Tegen (2015), A process-based evaluation of dust-emitting winds in the CMIP5 simulations of HadGEM2-ES, Clim. Dyn., doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2635-9.

Evan, A. T., S. Fiedler, C. Zhao, L. Menut, K. Schepanski, C. Flamant, O. Doherty (2015), Derivation of an observation-based map of North African dust emission, Aeolian Research, doi:10.1016/j.aeolia.2015.01.001

Schepanski, K., P. Knippertz, S. Fiedler, F. Timouk, J. Demarty (2015), The sensitivity of nocturnal low-level jets and near-surface winds over the Sahel to model resolution, initial conditions and boundary-layer set-up, Quart. J. Roy. Met. Soc., 141, 1442-1456, doi:10.1002/qj.2453

 

2014

Fiedler, S., K. Schepanski, P. Knippertz, B. Heinold, and I. Tegen (2014), How important are atmospheric depressions and mobile cyclones for emitting mineral dust aerosol in North Africa?, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 8983-9000, doi:10.5194/acp-14-8983-2014

Niedermeier, N., A. Held, T. Müller, B. Heinold, K. Schepanski, I. Tegen, K. Kandler, M. Ebert, S. Weinbruch, K. Read, J. Lee, K. W. Fomba, K. Müller, H. Herrmann, and A. Wiedensohler (2014), Mass deposition flux of Saharan mineral dust to the tropical northeast Atlantic Ocean: an intercomparison of methods, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 2245-2266, doi:10.5194/acp-14-2245-2014

 

2013

Schepanski, K., C. Flamant, J.-P. Chaboureau, C. Kocha, J. R. Banks, H. E. Brindley, C. Lavaysse, F. Marnas, J. Pelon, and P. Tulet (2013), Characterization of dust emission from alluvial sources using aircraft observations and high-resolution modeling, J. Geophy. Res., 118, 7237-7259, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50538

Fiedler, S., K. Schepanski, B. Heinold, P. Knippertz, and I. Tegen (2013), Climatology of nocturnal low-level jets over North Africa and implications for modeling mineral dust emission, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 6100-6121, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50394

Heinold, B., P. Knippertz, J. H. Marsham, S. Fiedler, N. S. Dixon, K. Schepanski, B. Laurent, and I. Tegen (2013), The role of deep convection and low-level jets for dust emission in summertime West Africa, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 4385-4400, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50402

Tegen, I., K. Schepanski, and B. Heinold (2013), Comparing two years of Saharan dust source activation obtained by regional modelling and satellite observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 2381-2390, doi:10.5194/acp-13-2381-2013

 

2012

Schepanski, K., T. J. Wright, and P. Knippertz (2012), Evidence for flash floods over deserts from loss of coherence in InSAR imagery, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D20101, doi:10.1029/2012JD017580

Crouvi, O., K. Schepanski, R. Amit, A. Gillespie, and Y. Enzel (2012), Multiple dust sources in the Sahara Desert: The importance of sand dunes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L13401, doi:10.1029/2012GL052145

Schepanski, K., I. Tegen, and A. Macke (2012), Satellite based observations of Saharan dust source areas - Comparison and variability, Rem. Sens. Environ., 123, 90-97, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2012.03.019

 

2011

Schepanski, K., and P. Knippertz (2011), Soudano-Saharan Depressions and their importance for precipitation and dust: A new perspective on a classical synoptic concept, Quart. J. Roy. Met. Soc., 137(659), 1431-1445, doi:10.1002/qj.850

Okin, G. S., J. E. Bullard, R. L. Reynolds, J.-A. C. Ballantine, K. Schepanski, M. C. Todd, J. Belnap, M. C. Baddock, T. E. Gill, and M. E. Miller (2011), Dust emissions: small-scale processes with global-scale consequences, EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 92(29), 241-248, doi:10.1029/2011EO290001 

Heinold, B., I. Tegen, K. Schepanski, M. Tesche, M. Esselborn, V. Freudenthaler, S. Gross, K. Kandler, P. Knippertz, D. Müller, A. Schladitz, C. Toledano, B. Weinzierl, A. Ansmann, D. Althausen, T. Müller, A. Petzold, and A. Wiedensohler (2011), Regional modelling of Saharan dust and land fire smoke: Part I: Model description and evaluation, Tellus B, 63, 430-447, doi:10.111/j.1600-0889.2011.00544.x

Johnson, B. T., M. E. Brooks, D. Walters, S. Woodward, S. Christopher, and K. Schepanski (2011), Assessment of the Met Office dust forecast model using observations from the GERBILS campaign, Quart. J. Roy. Met. Soc., 137(658), 1131-1148, doi: 10.1002/qj.736

 

2010

Laurent, B., I. Tegen, B. Heinold, K. Schepanski, B. Weinzierl, and M. Esselborn (2010), A model study of Saharan dust emission and distribution during SAMUM-1 campaign, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D21210, doi: 10.1029/2009JD012995

 

2009

Washington, R., C. Bouet, G. Cautenet, E. Mackenzie, I. Ashpole, S. Engelstaedter, G. Lizcano, G. Henderson, K. Schepanski, and I. Tegen (2009), Dust as a Tipping element: The Bodélé Depression, Chad, PNAS, 106(49), doi:10.1073/pnas.0711850106

Tegen, I., and K. Schepanski (2009), The global distribution of mineral dust, WMO/GEO Expert Meeting on an international sand and dust storm warning system, IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environment Science, 7(1), doi: 10.1088/1755- 1307/7/1/012001

Laurent, B., B. Marticorena, G. Bergametti, I. Tegen, K. Schepanski, and B. Heinold (2009), Modelling mineral dust emission, WMO/GEO Expert Meeting on an international sand and dust storm warning system, IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environment Science, 7(1), doi: 10.1088/1755-1307/7/1/012006

Klüser, L., and K. Schepanski (2009), Remote sensing of mineral dust over land with MSG inferred channels: A new Bitemporal Mineral Dust Index, Remote Sens. Environ., 113, 9, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2009.04.012

Cavazos, C., M. C. Todd, and K. Schepanski (2009), Numerical model simulation of the Saharan dust event of 6-11 March 2006 using the Regional Climate Model version 3 (RegCM3), J. Geophys. Res., 114, D12109, doi:10.1029/2008JD011078

Schepanski, K., I. Tegen, M. C. Todd, B. Heinold, G. Bönisch, B. Laurent, and A. Macke (2009), Meteorological processes forcing Saharan dust emission inferred from MSG-SEVIRI observations of sub-daily dust source activation and numerical models, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D10201, doi:10.1029/2008JD010325

Reinfried, F., I. Tegen, B. Heinold, O. Hellmuth, K. Schepanski, U. Cubasch, H. Huebener, and P. Knippertz (2009), Simulations of convectively-driven density currents in the Atlas region using a regional model: Impacts on dust emission and sensitivity to horizontal resolution and convection schemes, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D08127, doi:10.1029/2008JD010844

Schepanski, K., I. Tegen, and A. Macke (2009), Saharan dust transport and deposition towards the tropical northern Atlantic, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 1173-1189

Knippertz, P., A. Ansmann, D. Althausen, D. Müller, M. Tesche, E. Bierwirth, T. Dinter, T. Müller, W. von Hoyningen-Huene, K. Schepanski, M. Wendisch, B. Heinold, K. Kandler, A. Petzold, L. Schütz, and I. Tegen (2009), Dust mobilization and transport in the northern Sahara during SAMUM 2006 - A meteorological overview, Tellus B, 61(1), 1231, doi:10.1111/j.1600-0889.2008.00380.x

Heinold, B., I. Tegen, M. Esselborn, K. Kandler, P. Knippertz, D. Müller, A. Schladitz, M. Tesche, B. Weinzierl, A. Ansmann, D. Althausen, B. Laurent, A. Massling, T. Müller, K. Schepanski, and A. Wiedensohler (2009), Regional Saharan dust modeling during the SAMUM 2006 campaign, Tellus B, 61(1), 307324, doi:10.1111/j.1600- 0889.2008.00387.x 

 

2008

Heinold, B., I. Tegen, K. Schepanski, and O. Hellmuth (2008), Dust radiative feedback on Saharan boundary layer dynamics and dust mobilization, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L20817, doi:10.1029/2008GL035319

Birmili, W., K. Schepanski, A. Ansmann, G. Spindler, I. Tegen, B. Wehner, A. Novak, E. Reimer, I. Mattis, K. Müller, E. Brüggemann, T. Gnauk, H. Herrmann, A. Wiedensholer, D. Althausen, A. Schladitz, T. Tuch, and G. Löschau (2008), A case of extreme particulate matter concentrations over Central Europe caused by dust emitted over the southern Ukraine, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 997-1016

 

2007

Schepanski, K., I. Tegen, B. Laurent, B. Heinold, and A. Macke (2007), A new Saharan dust source activation frequency map derived from MSG-SEVIRI IR-channels, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L18803, doi:10.1029/2007GL030168