Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IPF)
Prof. Dr.  Jan Cermak

Prof. Dr. Jan Cermak

Also at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-ASF)

ORCID (biography and publications): 0000-0002-4240-595X

ResearcherID: B-7844-2009

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My main research interest is the role of aerosol and clouds in the climate system, which I try to better understand using remote-sensing approaches. At KIT I am a member of the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IPF) and the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-ASF). Recent research areas include:


  • Remote sensing
  • The role of clouds and aerosols in the climate system
  • Environment - society interactions (e.g. air pollution/aerosol)
  • Machine learning

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Education and Employment

  • Since 9/2016: Professor of Geophysical Remote Sensing at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • 10/2011-8/2016: Professor of Climatology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 7 - 9/2012: Visiting scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder, CO, USA
  • 2008 - 2011: Post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 8 - 10/2007: Visiting scientist, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  • 2006 - 2008: Lecturer at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
  • 2003 - 2006: PhD research, Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
  • 2002 - 2003: Postgraduate research at the University of Sheffield, UK
  • 2001 - 2002: MA Environment and Development, King's College London (KCL) and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK
  • 1997 - 2001: Studies of Geography, Botany, Political Science and Soil Science, Philipps-Universität Marburg and Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany


Professional Activities, Services and Society Memberships

  • AK Klima (German climatology working group), chair and co-chair 2013-2017
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU), member
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU), member
  • Session "Analyzing climate change and its impacts via method combinations", International Geographical Congress 2012, organizer
  • RSCy 2013 conference, member of the International Scientific Committee
  • Senate commission of the DFG (German research council) on joint research in the geosciences (Geokommission), permanent guest, and speaker of young scientist group (, 2007 to 2011
  • EU COST action 722 (Very short-range forecasting of fog, visibility and low clouds), management committee and co-chair of working group 'Initial Data', 2003 to 2007
  • EU COST action EG-CLIMET (European Ground-Based Observations of Essential Variables for Climate and Operational Meteorology), member of working group 'Optimum observation strategies'
  • Session "Remote sensing of clouds and aerosols: Techniques and applications", EGU General Assemblies 2009 - 2021, convenor and co-convenor

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