School of Earth and Environment

Peter Knippertz Prof Peter Knippertz

Visiting Researcher

Telephone number: c/o Doug Parker
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Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Knippertz working group


Prof Peter Knippertz is a Professor of Meteorology and has extensive research expertise in analyzing, modelling and forecasting storm systems in the tropics and extratropics.

His current work is focussed on dust storms over the Sahara and windstorms over the North Atlantic/Europe using a wide range of observations (conventional, satellite, aircraft) and modelling tools. He has been involved in several international research programmes and field campaigns such as THORPEX (The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment), AMMA (African Monsoon Multiscale Analysis), SAMUM (Saharan Mineral Dust Experiment), DIAMET (DIAbatic influence on Mesoscale structures in ExTratropical storms) and FENNEC.

Ongoing projects are being funded by the European Research Council (ERC), the AXA Research Fund and the National Environmental Research Council (NERC). He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles on tropical-extratropical interations, the dynamics of dust storms, precipitation dynamics in Africa and extratropical wind storms.

Peter is Deputy Director of the University hub on Climate and Geohazard Services (CGS).


          • Diploma Meteorology, University of Cologne
          • PhD Meteorology, University of Cologne


          • Associate Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society
          • Member of the German Meteorological Society and the European Geosciences Union

Research Interests

          • Atmospheric Dynamics
          • Tropical Meteorology
          • Dust Research
          • Wind and Rain Storms

Academic CV (pdf file)