The research activities of the department focus mainly on topics which reflect the ecological research activities at the University of Bayreuth. These are the measurement and modelling of energy and gas fluxes between the atmosphere and the underlying surface and the vegetation (mainly forest). These include development and application of the methods based on the eddy-correlation measurement technique. Also investigated are the methodological problems and special phenomena such as internal boundary layers and footprint analysis. Of particular interest are QA/QC problems in micrometeorological measurements. Applied problems such as the meteorological aspects of the use of wind energy are included in the research programme.
Keywords: Micrometeorology, atmospheric turbulence, deposition, energy fluxes, eddy-correlation, wind power, vegetation, QA/QC, footprint, quality assurance, carbon dioxide exchange, coherent structures