Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Climate Geography

Topics for Theses

Below you find proposals concerning possible topics for theses - some of which can be "tailored" for master and bachelor theses regarding the different issues investigated within climate geography and grouped by superordinated fields. Further, modified, and similar topics regarding the research priorities of the department can be discussed and facilitated together depending on your request. For requests in that regard please contact the relevant personnel of the climate geography department. Our central topics are:

 

Topics regarding Snow, Glaciers and Climate

  • M.Sc.: Comparative application of energy and mass balance schemes for the models COSIPY (developed by Tobias Sauter, Anselm Arndt and Christoph Schneider) and SEMIC of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). (contact Tobias Sauter)
  • M.Sc.: Application of energy and mass balance model COSIPY (developed by Tobias Sauter, Anselm Arndt and Christoph Schneider) for a mass balance time serie of Storglaciären, Northern Sweden. (contact Tobias Sauter)
  • M.Sc.: Application of energy and mass balance model COSIPY (developed by Tobias Sauter, Anselm Arndt and Christoph Schneider) for Gran Campo Nevado's glaciers, Patagonia, Chile. (contact Tobias Sauter)
  • B.Sc.: Detection of "atmospheric rivers" at the South Pacific Ocean. (contact Lukas Langhamer)
  • B.Sc.: Impacts of "atmospheric rivers" on extreme precipitation events in South Patagonia. (contact Lukas Langhamer)
  • B.Sc./M.Sc.: Climatological study of heat-waves in Patagonia and their interaction with the westerlies. (contact Lukas Langhamer)
  • M.Sc.: Impact of föhn events on the glacier surface mass balance in Southern Patagonia (contact Tobias Sauter)

 

Topics regarding Climate Change and it's Impacts / Climate Modelling / Climate Variability

  • B.Sc./M.Sc.: Investigation of climate change scenarios with CORDEX-EU emsemble data. (contact Sebastian Schubert)
  • B.Sc./M.Sc.: Analysis of spatio-temporal variability of snow cover at low mountain ranges using MODIS remote sensing and/or weather staion data. (contact Tobias Sauter)
  • B.Sc./M.Sc.: Analysis of climate variability impacts, e.g., NAO, ENSO, Polar Vortex, etc. on extreme snow events in East German low mountain ranges. (contact Tobias Sauter)
  • M.Sc.: Assessment of climate model ensembles for Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. (contact Tobias Sauter and/or Lukas Langhamer, linkage to research project GABY-VASA)
  • B.Sc./M.Sc.: Reconstruction of climate and growth relations of selected tree species for the north-east German lowlands (Bachelor's/Master's thesis at GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, contact Ingo Heinrich) - further information

 

Topics regarding Urban Climatology

  • B.Sc: Precipitation climatology with different measuring sensors for the Berlin Adlershof site (contact Tobias Sauter)
  • B.Sc./M.Sc./M.Ed.: The e-learning platform "Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Planning" (KliStap) contains e-learning modules. There are several ways to create one of the modules that have not yet been worked out in KliStap, subject-related and didactic, and possibly also to implement them in terms of programming. The thesis can be made up according to the type of degree (B.Sc./M.Sc./M.Ed.) and includes the documentation of the different in-depth technical elaboration and implementation of the question, possibly also based on own empirical work. (contact Tobias Sauter)
  • B.Sc.: Modeling of nightly slope winds and cold air flows using a Berlin example with the model of the German Weather Service (DWD) KLAM21. (contact Tobias Sauter)
  • M.Sc.: Modeling of nightly slope winds and cold air flows using a Berlin example with the urban climate model PALM4U. (contact Tobias Sauter and/or Sebastian Schubert)