How much water evaporates from the land surface? How much moisture does the ground absorb? With the help of satellite data, Löw has answered these and other similar questions at the Cluster of Excellence. “Satellites just provide us with bits and bytes. In order to turn these into meaningful information, we have to interpret the data using complex algorithms,” said Löw, explaining his work. By doing so in Hamburg, he successfully created new data sets that make it possible to investigate energy- and water flow over land surfaces. Löw also tested the reliability of the new Earth system model (MPI-ESM) of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. Thanks to model evaluations like this, research institutes around the world know how compatible the results from their climate and earth system models are.
Löw would like to continue to concentrate on these research areas in Munich. “I plan to work closely with the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and CliSAP, in particular with the Land in the Earth System Department of the MPI-M (Prof. M. Claussen) and Lars Kaleschke’s und Lars Kutzbach’s working groups,” announced Löw.
In Munich, working with the new generation of satellites launched as part of the EU Copernicus program will be something completely new. These satellites provide observation data for climate research, agriculture and water resource management. Löw will set up the research for this at the Department of Geography. “The installed sensors can provide regular, high-resolution scans of every point on Earth,” enthused Löw. This is a new era in Earth observation.