CliSAP successfully finished in 2018. Climate research continues in the Cluster of Excellence "CLICCS".

CliSAP mourns the loss of Alexander Löw


The Cluster of Excellence CliSAP mourns the loss of its former colleague and group leader Professor Dr Alexander Löw. He lost his life in a tragic traffic accident on Sunday, July 2nd.

Alexander Löw received his PhD and his habilitation at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) before he joined the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and CliSAP in January 2009. He was appointed research group leader in CliSAP and research group leader at the department “The Land in the Earth System” at the MPI-M. In 2014, Alex took on a professorship in Physical Geography and Microwave Remote Sensing at the Department for Geography at his Alma Mater, the LMU.

At the MPI-M and CliSAP, Alex Löw has successfully established the research group on Global-Scale Remote Sensing of Near-Surface Land Climate. With his group he focused on climate model evaluation, climate model parameterization and predictability, climate process studies, and climate data records from satellite data.

Alex Löw is well known for his work on Sahelian albedo changes, one of the highlights presented at the evaluation of CliSAP in Berlin in January 2012. He has extended our well-known data set HOAPS (Hamburg Ocean Atmosphere Parameters and Fluxes from Satellite Data) over land by including satellite information of the surface radiation budget, soil moisture dynamics and precipitation. A related paper by his group has recently been highlighted by the American Geophysical Union.  

Alex Löw has left behind his wife and two teenage children.

His friendly, enthusiastic personality and always cooperative spirit were an enrichment for us. We will remember Alex Löw as a great scientist and great colleague – full of ideas and with a fine sense of humour. We will miss Alex very much.


Prof Dr Martin Claussen
Phone: +49 (0) 40 41173 226 (Assistant Sylvia Houston)