Members of the Research Group "Planetary Atmospheres"

Scientists and Postdocs:

Gao, Bo
Hartogh, Paul
Jarchow, Christopher
Medvedev, Alexander
Rengel, Miriam
Rezac, Ladislav
Shalygin, Eugene
Stenzel, Oliver

PhD students:

Engineers, Instrument Development Team:

Boerner, Peter
Danneberg, Arne
Hwang, Chi Jeon
John, Hendrik
Kuehn, Frank
Loose, Alexander
Mantri, Knhaiyalal
Montaut, Steven
Perplies, Henry
Qureshi, Muhammad Tayyab
Orlik, Roman
Pasko, Pawel
Ruebener, Eileen
Schirmer, Oskar
Wagenknecht, Malte
Winkelmann, Felix

Miettinen, Esa-Pekka
Steinmetz, Eckhard

Project Assistant:

Rezacova, Petra (SWI)


Helga Washausen
Phone:+49 551 384 979-459

Projects of the the Research Group "Planetary Atmospheres"

Herschel (HIFI)
Venus Express (VMC)
Mars Express (HRSC, OMEGA)
Mars Trace Gas Orbiter (HiSCI)

Former Members of the Planetary Atmospheres Working Group

Markiewicz, Woiciech (died in 2016)

De Val-Borro, Miguel
García Comas, Maya
Gonzalez, Armando
Hallgren, Kristopher
Kadowaki, Masanao
Keller, Horst-Uwe
Kuroda, Takeschi
Lee, Yeon Joo
Machtoub, Ghada
Maltagliati, Luca
Moissl, Richard
Paganini, Lucas
Piccialli, Arianna
Portyankina, Ganna
Russo, Pedro
Sagawa, Hideo
Saito, Ryu
Sethunadh, Jisesh
Shalygina, Oksana
Song, Li
Thibault Cavalié
Titov, Dimitri
Tschimmel, Martin
Villanueva, Geronimo
Xianyi, Li

Research Group "Planetary Atmospheres"

Welcome to the homepage of the Research Group "Planetary Atmospheres" at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research



In our research group we study the atmospheres of planets and their moons in our solar system and beyond. The main scientific focus is the detailed research of climate, origin and history of atmospheres as well as their composition, structure, dynamics and chemical processes. We observe the atmospheres from sub-mm to ultraviolet wavelengths and verify the results with intensive model calculations and simulations.

Tools of the research group "Planetary Atmospheres" are new, high-end, up-to-date instrumentations to be used from the ground, onboard aircraft, and spacecraft delivering more detailed high-resolution data from planetary atmospheres.

In particular we currently concentrate on the following research topics:

  • Characterization of atmospheres (composition, structure, dynamics, chemistry, circulation, evolution) of Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Titan, Callisto, Europa, Ganymede, Io) using spectroscopic methods in the sub-mm to infrared-regime from groundbased, aircraft-based, spacecraft-based measurements.
  • Global modelling of circulation patterns and radiation transport of planets in our solar system and beyond
  • Meteorologic characterization of Venus clouds and thier tracking from spacecraft
  • Observation and modelling of water- and carbondioxide-cycles in the Martian atmosphere as well as of duststorms
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