Ralf Sussmann

PD Dr. Ralf Sussmann

Studies of Physics at the Technical University of Munich, finished 1994 with a summa cum laude PhD in physical chemistry – molecular spectroscopy. In 1995-1996 postdoc in atmospheric sciences. Since 2000 leader of research group  "Atmospheric Variability and Trends" at KIT/IMK-IFU. University lecturer ("Privatdozent") at the University of Augsburg with a Venia Legendi for "Climate and Environmental Sciences".


Research Interests

  • Physics and chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Sources and sinks of climate gases
  • Long-term changes of the atmosphere
  • Monitoring of international protocols (Montreal and Paris agreements)
  • Molecular physics and spectroscopic interaction between radiation and atmospheric trace compounds in the infrared, visible, and ultraviolet spectral range
  • Optical remote sounding (inversion theory and instrument development, FTIR, Lidar)
  • Satellite validation and synergetic combination of satellite and ground-based remote sounding



Boards and Committees




  • Science award of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Two first awards of the “Verein der Freunde und Förderer des IMK-IFU” for best research paper of the year


Email: ralf.sussmann@kit.edu
Telephone: +49 8821 183-159