Department Prof. Dr. Meinrat O. Andreae

The department addresses the exchange and interactions of trace gases and aerosols between biosphere and atmosphere. These processes are studied by laboratory investigations, field measurements and numerical models. The research topics are: exchange of chemically and climatically important trace gases between the soil/vegetation system and the atmosphere, formation of aerosol particles and their effects on climate, impact of vegetation fires on ecology and atmospheric pollution, and the changing global cycles of trace elements. A special focus is the investigation of the Amazon region.