Short CV/Education and training

  • 1990
    Diplom degree in meteorology, Kiel University, Germany

  • 1990 – 1993
    Research assistant, PhD student, Institute of Environmental Physics at the University of Bremen, Germany

  • 1993
    Doctor of Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) in physics, University of Bremen

  • 1993 – 1994
    Postdoc, Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen

  • 1994 – 1996
    Research assistant, Department of Physics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA

  • 1996 – 2004
    Assistant professor, Meteorological Institute, University of Bonn, Germany

  • 2002
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in meteorology, University of Bonn

  • 2004 – 2006
    Professor of experimental meteorology, Meteorological Institute, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

  • Since 2006
    Professor of Meteorology, Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne, Germany

  • Since 2018
    Vice Dean of Research, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Cologne, Germany

Selected publications

  • Bony, S., B. Stevens, F. Ament, S. Bigorre, P. Chazette, S. Crewell, J. Delanoë, K. Emanuel, D. Farrell, C. Flamant, S. Gross, L. Hirsch, J. Karstensen, B. Mayer, L. Nuijens, J.H. Ruppert Jr., I. Sandu, P.A. Siebesma, S. Speich, F. Szczap, J. Totems, R. Vogel, M. Wendisch, M. Wirth, 2017: EUREC^4A: a field campaign to elucidate the couplings between clouds, convection and circulation. Survey in Geophysics, 38:6, 1529-1568, DOI 10.1007/s10712-017-9428-0.

  • Shao., Y. S. Liu, S. Crewell, and J.H. Schween (2013): Large-Eddy Atmosphere – Land Surface Modeling over Heterogeneous Surfaces: Model Development and Comparison with Measurements. Boundary Layer Meteorology, 148 (2), 333-356, DOI:10.1007/s10546-013-9823-0.

  • Ebell, K., S. Crewell, U. Löhnert, D. Turner, E. o'Connor (2011): Cloud statistics and cloud radiative effect for a lowmountain site. Q. J. Roy. Meteorol. Soc. 137, 306-324. DOI:10.10002/qj.748.

  • Pospichal, B., D. Bou Karam, S. Crewell, C. Flamant, A. Hünerbein, O. Bock, and F. Said (2010), Diurnal cycle of the inter-tropical discontinuity over West Africa analysed by remote sensing and mesoscale modelling, Q. J. Roy. Meteorol. Soc., 136(1), 92-106, doi:10.1002/qj.435.

  • Crewell, S., K. Ebell, U. Löhnert, and D.D. Turner (2009), Can liquid water profiles be retrieved from passive microwave zenith observations?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36(6), L06803, doi:10.1029/2008GL036934.

  • Crewell, S., M. Mech, T. Reinhardt, C. Selbach, H.-D. Betz, E. Brocard, G. Dick, E. O’Connor, J. Fischer, T. Hanisch, T. Hauf, A. Hünerbein, L. Delobbe, A. Mathes, G. Peters, H. Wernli, M. Wiegner, and V. Wulfmeyer (2008), The General Observation Period 2007 within the Priority Pro-gramm on Quantitative Precipitation Forecasting: Concept and first results, Meteorol. Z., 17(6), 849-866, doi:10.1127/0941-2948/2008/0336.

  • Crewell, S., and U. Löhnert (2007), Accuracy of boundary layer temperature profiles retrieved with multi-frequency, multi-angle microwave radiometry, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 45(7), 2195-2201, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2006.888434.

  • van Meijgaard, E., and S. Crewell (2005), Comparison of model predicted liquid water path with ground-based measurements during CLIWA-NET, Atmos. Res., 75(3), 201-226, doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2004.12.006.

  • Crewell, S., (2005), Hydrological applications of remote sensing: Atmospheric states and fluxes: Water vapor and clouds (passive/active techniques). In: Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences, Chapter 65, 981-996, ed. M. G. Anderson, Wiley & Sons, Ltd., ISBN: 0-471-49103-9.

  • Crewell, S., C. Simmer, H. Bloemink, A. Feijt, S. García, D. Jolivet, O. Krasnov, A. van Lammeren, U. Löhnert, E. van Meijgaard, J. Meywerk, K. Pfeilsticker, M. Quante, S. Schmidt, M. Schröder, T. Scholl, T. Trautmann, V. Venema, M. Wendisch, and U. Willén (2004), The BALTEX Bridge Cam-paign: An integrated approach for a better understanding of clouds, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 85(10), 1565-1584, doi:10.1175/BAMS-85-10-1565.

  • Crewell, S., H. Czekala, U. Löhnert, C. Simmer, Th. Rose, R. Zimmermann, and R. Zimmermann (2001), Microwave Radiometer for Cloud Carthography: A 22-channel ground-based microwave radiometer for atmospheric research, Radio Science, 36(4), 621-638, doi:10.1029/2000RS002396.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • DFG TR172, AC³ Arctic Amplification 2016 – 2019

  • German Excellence Initiative – ET-CC Emerging Group: Energy Transition and Climate Change, 2014 – 2017

  • EU Marie Curie, ITaRS – Initial Training Network on Remote Sensing, 2012 – 2016

  • BMBF, HD(CP)^2 – High Definition of clouds and precipitation for enhancing climate prediction, 2012 – 2015

  • ESA/ESTEC, Use of Spectral Information at Microwave Region for Numerical Weather Prediction, 2012 – 2013

  • DWD Hans-Ertel Zentrum, Retrospective analysis of regional climate, 2011 – 2014

  • DFG, HAMP – Using the HALO Microwave Package for cloud and precipitation research, 2011 – 2014

  • DFG TR32, Experimental study of spatio-temporal structures in atmosphere-land surface energy, water and CO2 exchange, 2007 – 2014

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Vice Dean of Research, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Cologne, Germany

  • Elected to the German Research Foundation (DFG) review board for special research areas

  • Member of the Senate Commission of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft

  • Associate editor of Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters

  • Board member of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, US Department of Energy

  • Member of the Post-EPS Mission Experts Team for Eumetsat

  • Member of the scientific advisory board, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany

  • Joint ESA-Eumetsat Microwave Imager & Ice Cloud Imager Science Advisory Group

  • Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Equal opportunities officer of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Cologne; mentor for various networks


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