Dr. Dietrich Althausen

Leibniz Institute for

Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig


Phone: +49 341 27177063

Fax: +49 341 2717997063

Mail: dietrich@tropos.de  

Room: 118 (Building 23.2)




Senior Scientist



Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes



Ground-based remote sensing


Research areas & research interest

  • Development and construction of lidar systems for aerosol research
  • Development of lidar methods
  • Mineral dust in the atmosphere
  • Water vapor in the atmosphere
  • Investigations of the worldwide atmospheric transport of particles
  • Investigations to the effect of particles on radiation budget
  • Influence of particles on the polarization state of light


Current projects


Completed projects    

  • Aerosol Characterization Experiment 2 (Portugal, 1997, PI)
  • Lindenberg Aerosol Characterization Experiment 1998 (Lindenberg, 1998)
  • Indian Ocean Experiment (Malediven, 1999-2000, four campaigns, PI)
  • Pear-River-Delta experiment in Guangdong 2004 (PRD4, PI)
  • International Lindenberg campaign for assessment of humidity- and cloud-profiling systems and its impact on high resolution modelling, Ziegendorf / Germany 2005 (LAUNCH)
  • Saharan Mineral Dust Experiment 1 (Marocco, 2006, PI)
  • Convective and orographically-induced precipitation study in the Black Forest, Germany 2007 (COPS)
  • Saharan Mineral Dust Experiment 2 (Cap Verde, 2008, PI)
  • Intercomparisons with the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) lidar (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization, CALIOP), since 2006
  • European Supersites for Atmospheric Aerosol Research 2006 - 2011 (EUSAAR), Leipzig, PI
  • European integrated project on aerosol cloud climate air quality interactions 2007-2010 (EUCAARI), Brazil and China, PI
  • Satellite-based aerosol mapping over megacities: Development of methodology and application in health and climate related studies at Leipzig and Guangdong (Megacities), 2007 – 2010, PI
  • joint experiments with groups in Sweden 2010-2014 (VASA), Chile 2009-2010 (ALPACA), South Africa 2010-2011 (GOPHER)
  • OCEANET Autonome Messplattformen zur Bestimmung des Stoff- und Energieaustausches zwischen Ozean und Atmosphäre, Atlantik, PI
  • CADEX (Central Asian Dust EXperiment)
  • 3D Widefield Aerosol Probing by Lidar Anchor (gefördert von German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development GIF, PI)
  • SALTRACE (Saharan Aerosol Long-range Transport and Aerosol-Cloud-Interaction Experiment, PI)


Measuring Systems (constructed and supervised)



Doppler wind lidar WiLi

Diffential Absorption Lidar DIAL (now at University of Hohenheim)

Polly, PollyXT


Dual-polar sun photometer



Lectures and seminars within the education to Master of Science / Meteorology

Supervision of Master theses and PhD theses



VDI expert group Groundbased Remote Measurements of Meteorological Quantities


Curriculum vitae

Academic qualification 

1977-1982|Student of physics|University of Leipzig    
1992|PhD|University of Leipzig    

Research Experience

1982-1990|Scientific staff|Kombinat Polygraph Leipzig    
1982-1990|Delegate|University of Leipzig    
1991|Scientific staff|University of Leipzig    
Since 1992|Senior Scientist|TROPOS, Leipzig    



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