Dr. Fabian Senf

Leibniz Institute for

Troposheric Research

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig


Telephone: +49 341 2717-7170

Mail: senf@tropos.de  

Room: 106 (Building 23.1)



Scientific staff



Modeling of Atmospheric Processes


Research areas & research interests

  • cloud microphysics and cloud-radiative effects
  • early detection and growth of convective clouds / thunderstorms with Meteosat-SEVIRI
  • verification of thunderstorm forecasts from regional convection-permitting models (e.g. COSMO-DE), object-based verification
  • organization of deep convective clouds in Central Europe and in the tropical Atlantic and its climate impacts
  • quantification of uncertainties in synthetic satellite images and derived satellite products like cloud type, cloud-top height or motion


 Current projects

  •  HD(CP)2 Phase II (since 2019) "Revised Aerosol Representation in ICON-LES and Cloud Adjustments to Aerosol Absorption"
  • Co-PI EMF-DWD INCITES (since 2016) "Improved Nowcasting of Convective Initiation Thunderstorms with METEOSAT SEVIRI"


Completed projects

  • CAWSES - SOLTIVAR, (2007-2011) Interaction between gravity waves and solar tides in the middle atmosphere
  • HErZ- OASE, (2011-2015) Hans Ertel Centre for Weather Research: Branch 1: Atmospheric Dynamics and Predictability. Project: "Object-based analysis and seamless prediction"
  • Coorperation with the German Weather Service: "Improving the Convective Initiation Detection with the help of the Berendes cloud mask"
  •  HD(CP)2 Phase II (2016-2019) "Convective Organization observed by Satellite and simulated by Models"





under review

  • Heikenfeld, M., P. J. Marinescu, M. Christensen, D. Watson-Parris, F. Senf, S. C. van den Heever, and P. Stier (2019), tobac v1.0: towards a flexible framework for tracking and analysis of clouds in diverse datasets, submitted to Geosci. Model Dev.
  • Senf, F., M. Brueck, and D. Klocke (2019), Pair Correlations and Canonical Statistics of Deep Convection over the Tropical Atlantic, submitted to J. Atmos. Sci.
  • Pscheidt, I., F. Senf, R. Heinze, S. Trömel, H. Deneke, and C. Hohenegger (2019), How Organized is Deep Convection over Germany?, accepted for Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc.


  • Weger, M.; Heinold, B.; Tegen, I.; Engler, C.; Seifert, P.; Baars, H.; Senf, F.; Hoose, C.; Ullrich, R.; Seifert, A.; Blahak, U.; Krämer, M.; Schumann, U.; Voigt, C. & Borrmann, S. (2018) The impact of mineral dust on cloud formation during the Saharan dust event in April 2014 over Europe, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 2018, 1-49
  • Heintzenberg, J., F. Senf, W. Birmili, and A. Wiedensohler (2018), Aerosol connections between three distant continental stations, Atmos. Environ., 190, 349–358.
  • Senf, F., D. Klocke, and M. Brueck (2018), Size-Resolved Evaluation of Simulated Deep Tropical Convection, Mon. Wea. Rev., 146(7), 2161–2182.


  • Ansmann, A., Rittmeister, F., Engelmann, R., Basart, S., Jorba, O., Spyrou, C., Remy, S., Skupin, A., Baars, H., Seifert, P., Senf, F., and Kanitz, T. (2017) Profiling of Saharan dust from the Caribbean to western Africa – Part 2: Shipborne lidar measurements versus forecasts, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 14987-15006.
  • Rempel, M., F. Senf, and H. Deneke (2017), Object-based metrics for forecast verification of convective development with geostationary satellite data, Mon. Wea. Rev.,  145(8), 3161–3178. [pdf]
  • Bley, S., H. Deneke, F. Senf, and L. Schenk (2017), Metrics for the evaluation of warm convective cloud fields in a large eddy simulation with Meteosat images, Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 143(705), 2050–2060. [pdf]
  • Senf, F. and Deneke, H., (2017): Satellite-based characterization of convective growth and glaciation properties in relation to precipitation formation over Central Europe. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 56, 1827–1845.[pdf]
  • Heinze, R., Dipankar, A., Carbajal Henken, C., Moseley, C., Sourdeval, O., Trömel, S., Xie, X., Adamidis, P., Ament, F., Baars, H., Barthlott, C., Behrendt, A., Blahak, U., Bley, S., Brdar, S., Brueck, M., Crewell, S., Deneke, H., Di Girolamo, P., Evaristo, R., Fischer, J., Frank, C., Friederichs, P., Göcke, T., Gorges, K., Hande, L., Hanke, M., Hansen, A., Hege, H.-C., Hoose, C., Jahns, T., Kalthoff, N., Klocke, D., Kneifel, S., Knippertz, P., Kuhn, A., Laar, T., Macke, A., Maurer, V., Mayer, B., Meyer, C. I., Muppa, S. K., Neggers, R. A. J., Orlandi, E., Pantillon, F., Pospichal, B., Röber, N., Scheck, L., Seifert, A., Seifert, P., Senf, F., Siligam, P., Simmer, C., Steinke, S., Stevens, B., Wapler, K., Weniger, M., Wulfmeyer, V., Zängl, G., Zhang, D. and Quaas, J., (2017): Large-eddy simulations over Germany using ICON: A comprehensive evaluation. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 143, 69–100. [pdf]
  • Achatz, U., Ribstein, B., Senf, F. and Klein, R., (2017): The interaction between synoptic-scale balanced flow and a mesoscale wave field throughout the whole atmosphere: Weak and moderately strong stratification. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 143, 342–361. [pdf]
  • Senf, F. and Deneke, H. (2017): Uncertainties in synthetic Meteosat SEVIRI infrared brightness temperatures in the presence of cirrus clouds and implications for evaluation of cloud microphysics, Atmos.Res., 183, 113-129. [pdf]


  • Bley, S., Deneke, H. and Senf, F. (2016): Meteosat-Based Characterization of the Spatio-Temporal Evolution of Warm Convective Cloud Fields over Central Europe, J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 55, 2181-2195. [pdf]


  • Ribstein, B., Achatz, U. and Senf, F., (2015): The interaction between Gravity Waves and Solar Tides: Results from 4D Ray Tracing coupled to a Linear Tidal Model. J. Geophys. Res., 120, 6795–6817.[pdf]
  • Seifert, P., Kunz, C., Baars, H., Ansmann, A., Bühl, J., Senf, F., Engelmann, R., Althausen, D. and Artaxo, P., (2015): Seasonal variability of heterogeneous ice formation in stratiform clouds over the Amazon Basin. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 5587–5593.[pdf]
  • Wapler, K., Harnisch, F., Pardowitz, T. and Senf, F., (2015): Characterisation and predictability of a strong and a weak forcing severe convective event - a multi-data approach. Meteor. Z., 24, 393-410. [pdf]
  • Senf, F., Dietzsch, F., Hünerbein A. and Deneke, H., (2015): Characterization of initiation and growth of selected severe convective storms over Central Europe with MSG-SEVIRI. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 54, p. 207-224. [pdf]

2009 - 2012

  • Achatz, U., Senf, F. and Grieger, N., F.-J. Lübken (Ed.) (2012): Solar tides in the middle atmosphere: Interactions with the zonal- mean flow, planetary waves and gravity waves. in Climate And Weather of the Sun-Earth System (CAWSES): Highlights from a priority program, Springer Verlag.[pdf]
  • Senf, F. and Achatz, U., (2011), On the impact of middle-atmosphere thermal tides on the propagation and dissipation of gravity waves. J. Geophys. Res., 116, D24110. [pdf]
  • Achatz, U., Klein, R. and Senf, F., (2010), Gravity waves, scale asymptotics and the pseudo-incompressible equations. J. Fluid Mech., 663, 120-147. [pdf]
  • Senf, F., Altrock, P. M., and Behn, U., (2009), Nonequilibrium phase transitions in finite arrays of globallycoupled Stratonovich models: strong coupling limit, New J. Phys. 11,  063010. [pdf]