Dr. Heike Kalesse

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig


Phone: +49 341 27177339

Mail: heike.kalesse@tropos.de  

Room: 205 (Building 23.1)






Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes


Working group

Ground-based remote sensing


Research areas & research interest

  • remote-sensing of clouds with cloud-radar, lidar, microwave radiometer
  • microphysics and dynamics of mixed-phase and ice clouds
  • radar Doppler spectra analysis


Current projects

  • COMPoSE: Characterization of phase-partitioning in mixed-phase clouds (Principal Investigator)


Completed projects    



2007-2009: Teaching Assistant, Institute for Atmospheric Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (Seminar: Introduction to meteorology; Introduction to meteorological laboratory measurement techniques)

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Qualification

2010|PhD|Atmospheric Physics
2006 - 2010|PhD student|Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
2006|Master (Diplom)|Meteorology
2000 - 2006|Student of Meteorology|University of Leipzig, Germany
since January 2015|Scientist|Leibniz Institute for Troposheric Research
2011 - 2014|Postdoc|Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University, Montréal, Canada
2006 - 2010|Research Assistant|Institute for Atmospheric Research, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
2003 - 2006|Student Research Assistant|Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany


Volunteer Experience

Since 2015|Educational godparent|Elemantary schools, Leipzig    
Since 2016|EGU planet press |    
2013-2014|Scientific Consultant|Éclairs de Sciences Montréal    
2007-2008|Women's Representative|Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany    



(Please note that some articles were published under the maiden name Heike Eichler.)



Barahona, D.; Molod, A., and Kalesse, H., 2017: „Direct Estimation of the global distribution of vertical velocity within cirrus clouds“. Nature Scientific Reports, Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 6840 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41598-017-07038-6

P.R. Field, R.P. Lawson, P.R.A Brown, G. Lloyd, C. Westbrook, D. Moisseev, A. Miltenberger, A. Nenes, A. Blyth, T. Choularton, P. Connolly, J. Bühl, J. Croisier, Z. Cui, C. Dearden, P. deMott, A. Flossmann, A. Heymsfield, Y. Huang, H. Kalesse, Z.A., Kanji, A. Korolev, A. Kirchgaessner, S. Lasher-Trapp, T. Leisner, G. McFarquhar, V. Phillips, J. Stith, and S. Sullivan, 2017: Secondary Ice Production: Current State of the Science and Recommendations for the Future, AMS Meteorological Monograph, Ch. 7, 2017. doi.org/10.1175/AMSMONOGRAPHS-D-16-0014.1

J. Bühl, S. Alexander, S. Crewell, A. Heymsfield, H. Kalesse, A. Khain, M. Maahn, K. Van Tricht, and M. Wendisch, 2017: Remote Sensing, AMS Meteorological Monograph, Ch. 10, 2017.



Kalesse, H.; de Boer, Gijis; Solomon, Amy; Oue, Mariko; Ahlgrimm, Maike; Zhang, Damao; Shupe, Matthew D.; Luke, Edward; Protat, Alain, 2016: Understanding rapid changes in phase partitioning between cloud liquid and ice in stratiform mixed-phase clouds: An Arctic Case Study, Mon. Wea. Rev., 144. doi:10.1175/MWR-D-16-0155.1

Kalesse, H.; Szyrmer, W.; Kneifel, S.; Kollias, P.; Luke, E., 2016: Fingerprints of a riming event on cloud radar Doppler spectra: observations and modeling, Atm. Chem. and Phys., 16

Kneifel, S.; Kollias, P.; Battaglia, A.; Leinonen, J.; Maahn, M.; Kalesse, H.; Tridon, F., 2016 First observations of triple-frequency radar Doppler spectra in snowfall: Interpretation and applications, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43



Zermeño-Díaz, D., C. Zhang, P. Kollias, and H. Kalesse, 2015: The Role of Shallow Cloud Moistening in MJO and Non-MJO Convective Events over the ARM Manus Site. J. Atmos. Sci., 72, 4797–4820.



Muhlbauer, A., H. Kalesse, and P. Kollias, 2014: Vertical velocities in midlatitude anvil cirrus: A comparison between in situ aircraft measurements and ground-based Doppler cloud radar retrievals, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41

Deng, M., P. Kollias, Z. Feng, C. Zhang, C.N. Long, H. Kalesse, A. Chandra, V.V. Kumar, P.A.Protat,  2014. Stratiform and convective precipitation observed by multiple radars during the DYNAMO/AMIE experiment J. Appl. Met.Clim., 53



Kalesse, H., P. Kollias, W. Szyrmer, 2013. On using the relationship between Doppler velocity and radar reflectivity to identify microphysical processes in midlatitudinal ice clouds. J. Geophys. Res., 118, D020386

Kalesse, H. and P. Kollias, 2013. Climatology of High Cloud Dynamics Using Profiling ARM Doppler Radar Observations. accepted for publication in J. Climate, 26



Gong, Y., Hu, M., Cheng, Y.F., Su, H., Yue, D., Liu, F., Wiedensohler, A., Wang, Z., Kalesse, H., Liu, S., Wu, Z., Xiao, K., Mi, P., Zhang, Y., 2010. Competition of coagulation sink and source rate: new particle formation in the Pearl River Delta of China. Atmos. Environ., 44, 3278-3285

Schmale, J., Schneider, J., Jurkat, T., Voigt, C., Kalesse, H., Rautenhaus, M., Lichtenstern, M., Schlager, H., Ancellet, G., Arnold, F., Gerding, M., Mattis, I., Wendisch, M., Borrmann, S., 2010. Aerosol layers from the 2008 eruptions of Mount Okmok and Mount Kasatochi: In situ upper troposphere and lower stratosphere measurements of sulfate and organics over Europe. J. Geophys. Res., 115, D00L07

Schmidt, K. S., P. Pilewskie, B. Mayer, M. Wendisch, B. Kindel, S. Platnick, M. D. King, G. Wind, G. T. Arnold, L. Tian, G. Heymsfield, Kalesse, H., 2010. Apparent Absorption of Solar Spectral Irradiance in Heterogeneous Ice Clouds. J. Geophys. Res.,115

Voigt, C., Schumann, U., Jurkat, T., Schäuble, D., Schlager, H., Petzold, A., Gayet, J.-F., Krämer, M., Schneider, J., Borrmann, S., Schmale, J., Jessberger, P., Hamburger, T., Lichtenstern, M., Scheibe, M., Gourbeyre, C., Meyer, J., Kübbeler, M., Frey, W., Kalesse, H., Butler, T., Lawrence, M., Holzäpfel, F., Arnold, F., Wendisch, M., Döpelheuer, A., Gottschaldt, K., Baumann, R., Zöger, M., Sölch, I., Rautenhaus, M., Dörnbrack, A., 2010. In-situ observations of young contrails - overview and selected results from the CONCERT campaign. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 9039-9056, doi:10.5194/acp-10-9039-2010



Eichler, H., Ehrlich, A., Wendisch, M., Mioche, G., Gayet, J.-F., Wirth, M., Emde, C., Minikin, A., 2009. Influence of ice crystal shape on retrieval of cirrus optical thickness and effective radius: A case study. J. Geophys. Res., 114, D19203

Frey, W., Eichler, H., de Reus, M., Maser, R., Wendisch, M., Borrmann, S., 2009. A new airborne tandem platform for collocated measurements of microphysical cloud and radiation properties. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions, 2, 1-35



Eichler, H., Cheng, Y.F., Birmili, W., Nowak, A., Wiedensohler, A., Brüggemann, E., Gnauk, T., Herrmann, H., Althausen, D., Ansmann, A., Engelmann, R., Tesche, M., Wendisch, M., Zhang, Y. H., Hu, M., Liu, S., Zeng, L. M., 2008. “Hygroscopic properties and extinction of aerosol particles at ambient relative humidity in South-Eastern China.” Atmos. Environ., 42, 6321-6334, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.05.007

Cheng, Y.F., Wiedensohler, A., Eichler, H., Su, H., Gnauk, T., Brüggemann, E., Herrmann, H., Heintzenberg, J., Slanina, J., Tuch,T., Hu, M., Zhang, Y.H., 2008. “Aerosol optical properties and related chemical apportionment at Xinken in Pearl River Delta of China.” Atmos. Environ., 42, 6351-6372.

Cheng, Y.F., Wiedensohler, A., Eichler, H., Heintzenberg, J., Tesche, M., Ansmann, A., Wendisch, M., Su, H., Althausen, D., Herrmann, H., Gnauk, T., Brüggemann, E., Hu, M., Zhang, Y.H., 2008. “Relative humidity dependence of aerosol optical properties and direct radiative forcing in the surface boundary layer of South-Eastern China: an observation based numerical study.” Atmos. Environ., 42. 6373-6397.

Wendisch, M., Hellmuth, O., Ansmann, A., Heintzenberg, J., Engelmann, R., Althausen, D., Eichler, H., Müller, D., Hu, M., Zhang, Y., Mao, J., 2008. “Radiative and dynamic effects of absorbing aerosol particles over the Pearl River Delta, China.” Atmos. Environ., 42, 6405-6416.



Cheng, Y.F., Eichler, H., Wiedensohler, A., Heintzenberg, J., Zhang, Y.H., Hu, M., Herrmann, H., Zeng, L.M., Liu, S., Gnauk, T., Brüggemann, E., He, L.Y., 2006. “The mixing state of black carbon and non-light-absorbing aerosol components derived from in situ particle optical properties at Xinken in Pearl River Delta of China.” J. Geophys. Res. 111, D20204, doi:10.1029/2005JD006929.

Müller, D., Tesche, M., Eichler, H., Engelmann, R., Althausen, D., Ansmann, A., Cheng, Y.F., Zhang, Y.H., Hu, M., 2006. “Strong particle light absorption over the Pearl River Delta (south China) and Beijing (north China) determined from combined Raman lidar and Sun photometer observations.” Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L20811, DOI:10.1029/2006GL027196.

Pahlow, M., Müller, D., Tesche, M., Eichler, H., Feingold, G., Eberhard, W. L., Cheng, Y.F., 2006. “Retrieval of aerosol properties from combined multiwavelength lidar and sunphotometer measurements.” Appl. Opt., 45, 7429-7442.


  • Scholarship holder of the German National Merit Foundation