About me

Current work

Currently I work at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) as the Head of the Development Section. This section oversees the developments of software packages used in the operational post-processing of forecast products, observation monitoring and offering web services at ECMWF and many other meteorological organisations.

As part of my work I also do project management. I passed the PRINCE 2 Foundation exam in March 2012.
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PhD Thesis

In October 1998, I joined the Propagation Research Group of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Essex in Colchester, UK . In my first three years I worked on my PhD thesis

Extraction of wind information from single Doppler radar data

which covers VAD wind retrieval methods on Doppler radar data with the Met Office.

I want to thank the people and organisations that enabled me to do this work:

  • The UK Met Office for its funding (Contract number Ib-2590), especially my (industrial) supervisor Prof. Paul Hardaker. Thanks also to all the other people at the UK Met Office who have helped me so much in my work.
  • The staff of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and its Propagation and Remote Sensing Research Group at the University of Essex for their help and support, especially the support by my supervisor Prof. Anthony Holt.
  • SMR, especially Dott. P.P.Alberoni & Dott. S. Nanni for allowing us to use their data in this project.
  • I would also like to thank P. Joe and N. Donaldson from Environment Canada for providing radar data and for the input they gave me for my work.
  • Last but not least, Prof. Madhu Chandra for introducing me to radar meteorology and its community!

First degree

From 1995 until 1998, I studied technical Computer Science (technische Informatik) at the Berufsakademie Heidenheim. This was in co-operation with the Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen (Bavaria). I developed software to organise and visualise data, measured by the DLR Wolkenradar (or POLDIRAD) for better understanding of meteorological events. I finished my study with my Diplomarbeit entitled Visualisation of radar data with Java.

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