Dr. Volker Matthias

Volker Matthias

Chemistry Transport Modelling
Head of Department
Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2346
Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-2332
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Personal data

Born 1966 in Selsingen, Lower Saxony, Germany
Married, three children
Living in Hamburg-Bergedorf

Scientific career

1994 Diploma in physics at the University of Hamburg

1994 – 2000 PhD with Prof. Hartmut Grassl at the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in the field of laser remote sensing (lidar). Parental leave for 18 months in 1995/1996.Work about the influence of atmospheric aerosol on the determination of ozone concentrations with a differential absorption lidar. First statistics of vertical aerosol profiles taken with a Raman lidar system

2000 – 2003 Work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology in the field of atmospheric aerosols in the EU FP 6 project Earlinet (European Aerosol Research Lidar Network) and CREATE (Construction, use and delivery of a European aerosol database). Participation in several national and international field experiments

since 2003 Position at the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Research Center (today Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht). Work with three-dimensional Eulerian model systems, meteorological and chemistry transport models. Studies about the representation of aerosols in CTMs. Member of the COST 728 action on mesoscale meteorological modeling for atmospheric dispersion applications.

since 2010 Workpackage leader in two EU funded projects, the INTERREG IV B project Clean North Sea Shipping (CNSS) and the FP7 project Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS).


2003 - 2008 Optics of the Atmosphere (University of Hamburg, Meteorological Institute)

since 2009 Optics, Radiation, Remote sensing, together with Alexander Löw (University of Hamburg, Meteorological Institute)

since 2009 Modern physics and its didactic application (Moderne Physik und ihre didaktische Umsetzung), together with J. Grebe-Ellis and M. Quante (University of Lüneburg, Environmental Sciences)

in 2010 Climatology (Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, Tropical water science)

since 2010 Model system used in global change research (Modellsysteme in der Forschung zum globalen Wandel), together with M. Quante (University of Lüneburg, Environmental Sciences)

since 2011 Selected topics of atmospheric physics (Ausgewählte Themen aus der Atmosphärenphysik), together with G. Petersen and M. Quante (University of Lüneburg, Environmental Sciences)

My main research interest is the combination of atmospheric observations with complex three-dimensional models to get a comprehensive picture of the state of the atmosphere and its constituents. My focus is on the formation and transport of aerosol particles in the atmosphere, particularly in the planetary boundary layer. This includes the vertical distribution of aerosols and other pollutants in the troposphere and the long-term effects of persistent organic pollutants, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metals.

Most recent publications (only lead authorship):

List of Publications