Dr. Patric Seifert

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig



Phone: +49 341 27177080

Mail: patric.seifert@tropos.de

Room: 116 (Building 23.2)




Scientific staff



Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes



Ground-Based Remote Sensing


Research areas & research interest

  • Ensure availability and continuity of the ground-based remote-sensing observations performed with the LACROS instrument suite
  • Investigation of the effect of aerosols on ice formation processes based on cloud and aerosol observations performed with LACROS
  • Evaluation of the effect of aerosol particles on the forecast skill of numerical weather forecast models
  • Operation and extension of the Cloudnet data processing scheme to derive continuous datasets of aerosol and cloud microphysical properties and type.
  • Work with students and performing outreach activities –  aiming to show both: how TROPOS contributes to the understanding to aerosol-cloud interaction, and the vast carrier options one has in atmospheric sciences.


Current projects

  • ACTRIS/Cloudnet
  • DACAPO-PESO: Operation of LACROS in Punta Arenas, Chile, in the frame of the field experiment DACAPO-PESO of the Dynamics, Aerosol, Clouds And Precipitation Observations in the Pristine Environment of the Southern Ocean.
  • Polarimetry Influenced by CCN aNd INP in Cyprus and Chile (PICNICC): An assessment of hemispheric cloud contrasts in radar polarimetry and its relation to differences in aerosol load.
  • Spectrally resolved Polarimetric Observations and Modelling of Clouds (SPOMC): Toward the retrieval of hydrometeor ratio during onset of precipitation.
  • COALA-Continuous Observations of Aerosol-cLoud interaction in Antarctica
  • ATMO-ACCESS: Conception and realisation of a sustainable access to the atmospheric research facility LACROS
  • ACTRIS-D: Extension and implementation of ground-based remote sensing systems at the ACTRIS stations of TROPOS.
  • EXCELSIOR: Transfer of knowledge and technology in the framework of the implementation of the Eratosthenes Centre of Excellence (ECoE) in Limassol, Cyprus.
  • Cooperation with New Zealand aiming on the improvement of the understanding of inter-hemispheric contrasts in the properties of aerosols and clouds.


Completed projects


Measuring Systems (constructed and supervised)



Lectures about the topic Cloud Radar in the module "Ground-based Radar and Microwave Remote Sensing” and "Active Remote Sensing with Lidar" for master students (Meteorological Institute, University of Leipzig)



Since 2006: Deutsche Meteorologische Gesellschaft (DMG)

Since 2021: Ordinary Member of the DFG Transregio programme Arctic Amplification: Climate Relevant Atmospheric and SurfaCe Processes and Feedback Mechanisms (AC3)


Curriculum vitae

Academic qualification   

Since 2010|PhD|University of Leipzig    
2006-2010|PhD student in Meteorology|TROPOS, Leipzig    
Since 2010|Scientist|TROPOS, Leipzig    
2005-2006|Diploma in Meteorology|University of Leipzig    
2000-2006|Student of Meteorology |University of Leipzig    

Research Experience

Since 2010|Scientist|TROPOS, Leipzig    
2006-2010|PhD thesis |University of Leipzig / TROPOS    
2005-2006|Diploma thesis|University of Leipzig / TROPOS    
2003-2005|Student research assistance|TROPOS, Leipzig    

PhD thesis:

Dust-related ice formation in the troposphere (DRIFT)

Diploma thesis:

Seasonal Dependence of Geometrical and Optical Properties of Tropical Cirrus Determined from Lidar, Radiosonde, and Satellite Observations over the Polluted Tropical Indian Ocean (Maldives)



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