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Physical Climate Science

ARSCliSys Research Group - Atmospheric Remote Sensing and Climate System Research Group

Group leaders: Gottfried Kirchengast, Andrea Steiner und Ulrich Foelsche

The ARSCliSys Research Group investigates modern satellite-based methods for remote sensing of the atmosphere and the climate system as well as ground-based methods with very high resolution and uses them for climate research. How strong is global warming already today and how will it evolve in the future? How does it affect the alpine region, Austria, Styria, for example related to weather and climate extremes?


How high is Earth's fever?

On-going Projects

RT#1 - GNSS radio occultation for climate monitoring and diagnostics, and processes

  • ATROMSAF2 - Austrian Federated Activity with the EUMETSAT ROM SAF Consortium during the CDOP-3 Second-half Period
  • NEWCLIM - A New Method for Generating Radio Occultation Climatologies

RT#2 - Climate and hydrology change monitoring and analysis at regional-local scale

  • FWF-DK Climate Change - Doctoral Programme Climate Change - Uncertainites, Thresholds and Coping Strategies 
  • WEGNET – WegenerNet Klimastationsnetz Region Feldbach

RT#3 - Support next-generation global observing system for monitoring the climate

  • GEOCLIM - Data Infrastructure Austria

Completed projects

Regional Climate Research Group

Group leader: Douglas Maraun

Climate change is a global issue - but it is the regions where we experience its impacts: in Europe, in Austria, in Styria .Our group researches the processes governing regional climate change, in particular the occurrence of extreme events such as heavy rainfall or drought. How much has the climate already changed? Has climate change already influenced recent extreme events?  What changes do we expect in the future? How would past extremes look like in a warmer climate?


On-going Projects

  • CHC-FloodS - Coupled hydrological – climate modelling of floods at small and medium scales in Styria
  • CE:LLO - Compound Events: muLtivariate statisticaL mOdelling (Volkswagenstiftung) 
  • ClimCatch - Impact of climate change on the sediment yield of alpine catchments
  • DEUCALION II - Determination of past and future meteorological trigger conditions of torrential processes at different temporal and spatial scales
  • EASICLIM - Eastern Alpine Slope Instabilities under Climate Change
  • ERA4CS - European Research Area for Climate Services 
  • HighEnd:Extremes - The Future of Extreme Precipitation Events in the Alpine Region under High End Climate Change Conditions
  • NHCM-2 - Non-Hydrostatic Climate Modelling, Part II
  • R.Ice - Risk analysis for the impact of ice accretion at wind turbines
  • STARC-Impact - Supporting the Austrian Research Community in using recent Climate Change Projections for Climate Impact Studies
  • UNCOMMUN - Understanding contrasts in high mountain hydrology in Asia
  • Zukunft Biene - TP WegC

Completed Projects


MMag. Dr.phil.

Harald Stelzer

Research Manager

Research Management & -services
Elisabethstraße 27/II
A- 8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 1295

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat.

Gottfried Kirchengast


Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change
Brandhofgasse 5/I
A-8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 8431

Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.

Lukas Meyer


Institute of Philosophy
Attemsgasse 25/II
A-8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 2300

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.nat.techn.

Kristina Sefc


Institute for Biology
Universitätsplatz 2/I
A-8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 5601

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.soc.oec.

Karl Steininger


Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change
Brandhofgasse 5/I
A-8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 8441

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