Dr. Albert Ansmann

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig


Phone: +49 341 27177064

Mail: albert.ansmann at tropos.de  

Room: 204 (Building 23.1)





Leader of the Working Group Ground Based Remote Sensing



Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes



Ground-based remote sensing


Research areas & research interest

  • Development of Lidar instruments
  • Development of Lidar methods
  • Lidar/Radar application for the investigation of aerosols and clouds and aerosol-cloud-interactions
  • Heterogeneous ice nucleation


Current projects

  • SALTRACE (Saharan Aerosol Long-range Transport and Aerosol-Cloud-Interaction Experiment)


Completed projects  

  • Aerosol Characterization Experiment 2 (Portugal, 1997)
  • Lindenberg Aerosol Characterization Experiment 1998 (Lindenberg, 1998, Feldexperiment-Koordination)
  • Indian Ocean Experiment (Malediven, 1999-2000, vier 4-wöchige Kampagnen)
  • Saharan Mineral Dust Experiment 1 (Marokko, 2006, Feldexperiment-Koordination)
  • Saharan Mineral Dust Experiment 2 (Kapverden, Feldexperiment-Koordination)



2013 - 2017|Scientific steering committee of EU BACCHUS Project
2013 - 2015|Guest editor AMT



  • Lectures and seminars "active remote sensing" at the University of Leipzig
  • PhD student seminars at TROPOS


Curriculum vitae

Academic qualification   

1977 - 1984|Student of Meteorology|University of Hamburg
1984 - 1988|PhD in Meteorology|Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg

Research Experience

1989 - 1992|Postdoctoral researcher|Research Center Geesthacht, Geesthacht
since 1992|Leader of the Working Group Ground Based Remote Sensing|Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig
1999|Habilitation|University of Leipzig
since 2005|Appointment as associate professor|University of Leipzig



  • Inaba Prize (1994), 17th International Laser Radar Conference, Sendai, Japan, 1994, for outstanding research (Raman lidar observation of the stratospheric Pinatubo aerosol layer)
  • American Geophysical Union 2005 Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, for outstanding service to the authors and readers of the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres
  • American Geophysical Union 2010 Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, for outstanding service to the authors and readers of the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres


Publications (selection)

Ansmann, A., Errors in ground-based water vapor DIAL measurements due to Doppler-broadened Rayleigh  backscattering, Appl. Opt., 24, 3476-3480, 1985.  

Ansmann, A., et al., Independent measurement of extinction and backscatter profiles in cirrus clouds by using a combined Raman elastic-backscatter lidar, Appl. Opt., 31, 7113-7131, 1992.

Ansmann, A., et al., Evolution of the Pinatubo aerosol: Raman lidar observations of particle optical depth, effective radius, mass, and surface area over central Europe at 53.4°N, J. Atmos. Sci., 54, 2630-2641, 1997.

Ansmann, A., et al., Influence of Saharan dust on cloud glaciation in southern Morocco during SAMUM, J. Geophys. Res., 112, doi:10.1029/2007JD008785, 2008.

Ansmann, et al., Ash and fine-mode particle mass profiles from EARLINET

all Publications