Franziska Glassmeier

Born in: Germany
Primary research category: Atmospheric Sciences
Research location / employer: Department Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands
Fellowship dates: 2018-2023

Academic Career

  • Postdoctoral Researcher/Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University (Netherlands), 2018-2020
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder (USA), 2016-2018
  • PhD in Atmospheric Physics, ETH Zurich (Switzerland), 2016
  • Diploma (equivalent MSc) in Physics, University of Goettingen and Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization Goettingen (Germany), 2010

Fellowship Research

In her research, Dr. Franziska Glassmeier approaches the problem of representing clouds in climate simulations from a new perspective. Instead of focusing on the detailed processes that affect individual clouds and that cannot be represented due to computational limitations, she will explore the collective behavior of clouds fields on scales that can be captured in climate models. The essential idea behind this change of perspective lies in the observation that the complexity of small-scale process detail often assembles into an effective, or emergent, behavior on the system-wide scale. Applying a range of concepts and methods from complex-systems theory and non-equilibrium thermodynamics to observations and detailed simulations, Dr. Franziska Glassmeier systematically studies the emergent behavior of climatically relevant cloud types. She especially focuses on the emergence of specific spatial arrangements and patterns in cloud fields. Dr. Glassmeier’s goal is to explore the potential of emergent behavior in cloud systems as a new strategy for improving the representation of clouds in climate models.

Major Awards

  • Research Associateship award of the National Academies of Sciences (USA), 2016-2018
  • PhD Award of the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Commission of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, 2017
  • CIRES Innovative Research Program (USA), 2015
  • Dr. Berliner-Dr. Ungewitter-Prize for outstanding diploma (Germany), 2011