Dr. Anja Hünerbein

Leibniz Institute for

Tropospheric Research

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig


Phone: +49 341 2717-7169

Mail: anja.huenerbein@tropos.de  

Room: 108 (Building 23.5)



Scientific staff



Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes


Research Topics

  • The role clouds play in the climate system with the emphasis to the radiation budget
  • Satellite remote sensing of cloud microphysical and radiative properties
  • Synergetic cloud products from passive and active measurement


Curriculum vitae

2006| PhD in Meteorology | Freie Universität Berlin
2002| Diploma in Meteorology | Freie Universität Berlin
1997 – 1998 | Studies of physics and oceanography | University of Edinburgh

Research experience

2011-since| Research Scientist| Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Satellite Remote Sensing Group
2009-2011| Research Scientist| Deutschen Wetterdienst, Lindenberg Meteorological Observatory - Richard Aßmann Observatory
2008-2009| Visiting Scientist | Centre National de Recherche Meteorologiques, Meteo France
2006-2008| Postdoctoral researcher| Free University, Institute for Space Science



  • Jonas Witthuhn, Anja Hünerbein, and Hartwig Deneke: Evaluation of satellite-based aerosol datasets and the CAMS reanalysis over the ocean utilizing shipborne reference observations, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1387–1412, doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1387-2020, 2020.

  • Hartmann, M., K. Adachi, O. Eppers, C. Haas, A. Herber, R. Holzinger, A. Hünerbein, E. Jäkel, C. Jentzsch, M. van Pinxteren, S. Willmes, H. Wex, and F. Stratmann: Wintertime airborne measurements of ice nucleating particles in the high Arctic: a hint to a marine, biogenic source for Ice Nucleating Particles, Geophys. Res. Lett.,doi:10.1029/2020GL087770, 2020.

  • Wex, H., L. Huang, W. Zhang, H. Hung, R. Traversi, S. Becagli, R. J. Sheesley, C. E. Moffett, T. E. Barrett, R. Bossi, H. Skov, A. Hünerbein, J. Lubitz, M. Löffler, O. Linke, M. Hartmann, P. Herenz, and F. Stratmann: Annual variability of ice nucleating particle concentrations at different Arctic locations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 5293–5311, doi:10.5194/acp-19-5293-2019, 2019.

  • Banks, J. R., Hünerbein, A., Heinold, B., Brindley, H. E., Deneke, H., and Schepanski, K.: The sensitivity of the colour of dust in MSG-SEVIRI Desert Dust infrared composite imagery to surface and atmospheric conditions, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19, 6893-6911, doi:10.5194/acp-19-6893-2019, 2019.

  • Banks, J. R., Schepanski, K., Heinold, B., Hünerbein, A., Brindley, H. E. The influence of dust optical properties on the colour of simulated MSG-SEVIRI Desert Dust infrared imagery, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 9681-9703 p., doi:10.5194/acp-18-9681-2018, 2018.

  • Deneke, H., Hollmann, R., Hünerbein, A. Satellitengestützte Untersuchungen der Strahlungsflussdichten und der Strahlungsbilanz am Oberrand der Atmosphäre und am Erdboden, promet, 100, 58-74 p., 2018.

  • Grosvenor, D. P., O. Sourdeval, P. Zuidema, A. Ackerman, M. D. Alexandrov, R. Bennartz, R. Boers, B. Cairns, C. Chiu, M. Christensen, H. Deneke, M. Diamond, G. Feingold, A. Fridlind, A. Hünerbein, C. Knist, P. Kollias, A. Marshak, D. McCoy, D. Merk, D. Painemal, J. Rausch, D. Rosenfeld, H. Russchenberg, P. Seifert, K. Sinclair, P. Stier, B. Van Diedenhoven, M. Wendisch, F. Werner, R. Wood, Z. Zhang, and J. Quaas, Remote sensing of cloud droplet number concentration in warm clouds: A review of the current state of knowledge and perspectives, Rev. Geophys., 56, 409-453, doi:10.1029/2017RG000593, 2018.

  • Slobodda, J., A. Hünerbein, R. Lindsrot, R. Preusker, K. Ebell, and J. Fischer: Multichannel analysis of correlation length of SEVIRI images around ground-based cloud observatories to determine their representativeness. AMTD, 2014, doi:10.5194/amtd-7-5769-2014.[pdf]
  • Illingworth,A.,J., H. W. Barker, A. Beljaars, M. Ceccaldi, H. Chepfer, J. Cole, J. Delanoë, C. Domenech, D. P. Donovan, S. Fukuda, M. Hirakata, R. J. Hogan, A. Huenerbein, P. Kollias, T. Kubota, T. Nakajima, T. Y. Nakajima, T. Nishizawa, Y. Ohno, H. Okamoto, R. Oki, K. Sato, M. Satoh, M. Shephard, U. Wandinger, T.Wehr, G.-J. van Zadelhoff: THE EARTHCARE SATELLITE: The next step forward in global measurements of clouds, aerosols, precipitation and radiation. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96, 1311-1332 p. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00227.1, 2014.
  • Senf, F., Dietzsch, F., Hünerbein A. and Deneke, H.,: Characterization of initiation and growth of selected severe convective storms over Central Europe with MSG-SEVIRI. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol.,2014, accepted.
  • Hünerbein, A., U. Görsdorf, H. Deneke, K. Ebell and A. Macke: Combining satellite- and ground-based observations to analyze cloud frontal systems. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, 2538-2552,2014. [pdf]
  • Ebell, K., Orlandi, E., Hünerbein, A., Löhnert, U., & Crewell, S.: Combining ground with satellite based measurements in the atmospheric state retrieval: Assessment of the information content. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, Vol. 118, 6940-6956, 2013.[pdf]
  • Hünerbein, A., U. Wandinger und F. Berger: Die neue Generation von Satellitenmissionen zur vertikal aufgelösten Messung von Wolken und Aerosol, Promet-Heft "Fernmessung von Wasserdampf und Wolken", 2011.[pdf]
  • Pfeifer, M., W. Yen, M. Hagen, G. Craig, T. Reinhardt, M. Mech, S. Crewell, A. Hünerbein, J. Fischer, M. Schröder, M. Baldauf: Validating precipitation forecasts using remote sensor synergy: A case study approach. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 19, No. 6, 001-017, 2010.
  • Hünerbein, A., J. Fischer and P. Lorenz: Comparison of solar radiative flux above clouds from MODIS with regional climate model simulations. Theoretical and Applied Climatology (special issue on “BALTIMOS – a fully coupled modelling system for the Baltic Sea and its drainage basin”), DOI 10.1007/s00704-010-0253-3, 2010.[pdf]
  • Pospichal, B. D. Bou Karam, S.Crewell, C. Flamant, A. Hünerbein, O. Bock, B. Said: Diurnal cycle of the inter tropical discontinuity over West Africa analyses by remote sensing and mesoscale modelling, The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Vol.136, 92-106, 2009.
  • Crewell, S., V. Breininger, M. Mech, T. Reinhardt, C. Selbach, H.-D. Betz, G. Dick, E. O’Connor, J. Fischer, T. Hanisch, T. Hauf, A. Hünerbein, A. Mathes, G. Peters, H. Wernli: General Observation Period 2007: Concept and first results, Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 2008.
  • Bauer, E., M. Claussen, A. Hünerbein und V. Brovkin (2003): Assesing climate forcings of the earth system for the past millennium, Geophys.Res. Lett., Vol. 30, S. 1276-1280.
  • Bauer, E., M. Claussen, A. Hünerbein und V. Brovkin (2001): Forced climate variability du­ring the last millennium with Earth system model CLIMBER-2, in the KHIZ project: Towards a synthesis of Holocene proxy data and climate models, edited by H. Fischer et al., Springer Ver­lag, Berlin, 2003.

Reports/Technical Documents

  • Hünerbein, A., MSI L2A Cloud microphysics, Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document, ESA, 2011
  • Hünerbein, A. and U. Wandinger, MSI-ATLID L2B Cloud top height, Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document, ESA, 2011
  • Hünerbein, A., MSI L2A Cloud top height, Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document, ESA, 2011
  • Hünerbein, A., Diurnal cycle of marine stratocumulus clouds from SEVIRI, Visiting Scientists Report Météo-France, 2009
  • Reinhardt, T., S. Crewell, M. Mech, M. Pfeifer, A. Hünerbein, N. van Lipzig, and M. Baldauf: Quantitative Evaluation of Regional Precipitation Forecasts Using Multi-Dimensional Remote Sensing Observations "QUEST", 2007.
  • Crewell, S., Th. Reinhardt, J. Fischer, A. Hünerbein, G. Craig, M. Hagen, M. Pfeifer, M. Baldauf, N. van Lipzig, Quantitative evaluation of regional precipitation forecasts using multi-dimensional remote sensing observations, 2006.


  • Hünerbein, A: Fernerkundung des solaren aufwärtsgerichteten Strahlungsflusses über Wolken mit räumlich hochaufgelösten Satellitenmessungen (Remote sensing the upward shortwave flux above clouds with a high spatial resolution), Doctor Thesis, Freie Universität Berlin, available online at: http://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/2007/94, 2006.

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