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latest update: Feb. 10, 2017


Curriculum Vitae

Klaus Pfeilsticker studied physics (1974-1985) at the Universities of Ulm, Heidelberg (both Germany), and Beer-Sheba (Israel). He received his physics diploma, and PhD from the University of Heidelberg in 1981 and 1985, respectively. He held post-doc positions at various research institutions including the MPI-Kernphysik in Heidelberg, the Forschungzentrum Jülich, and at the University of Heidelberg. In 1998, he has been habilitated at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. In 1999/2000, he joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Aeronomy Laboratory at Boulder Co, USA for a sabbatical leave sponsored by the US National Research Council. In 2001, he became guest professor with the Anhui Institute of Optical and Fine Mechanics (AIOFM) the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)/China, and in 2003 with the University of Perugia/Italy. In 2005, he was nominated professor (apl) at the University of Heidelberg.
His research interests focus on physics of the environment, including the atmospheric photochemistry, the radiative transfer of the Earth's atmosphere, random walks on fractals, isotopes in the atmospheric environment, and UV/vis spectrometry. He actively took part in quite a suited of field internationally organized and sponsored campaigns (CHEOPS 3, EASOE, SESAME, THESEO, ARESE 2, EuroSOLVE, SCOUT-O3, EU-SHIVA, NASA-ATTREX, .....) that aimed at the investigation of the Earth ozone layer, the deposition of the solar radiation in the atmosphere, and the isotopic composition of the atmosphere and hydrosphere. He is also actively involved in stratospheric ozone research by co-leading the French/German LPMA/DOAS (Laboratoire Physique Molèculaire et Application/Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy) cooperation. Within the cooperation, UV/visible/near IR solar occultation measurements have been performed from the LPMA/DOAS balloon gondola, that were successfully launched on many occasions at low (Brazil), mid- (France, Spain), and high latitudes (Sweden) during all seasons.
Most recently his research group participated in aircraft-borne UV/Limb measurement from aboard the German research aircraft HALO, the high altitude aircraft Geophysica and since recently from the NASA's UAV Global Hawk. Further, he has been actively developing the high resolving oxygen A-band spectrometry, a novel technique that provides new insights into the atmospheric radiative transfer. Moreover, major research results has been achieved in the UV/vis/near-IR spectroscopy of collisional, metastable and stable dimers (O2-O2, H2O-H2O, H2O-O2, H2O-N2, ....) in the atmosphere. In total, he has been involved in 35 nationally, or internationally funded research projects. He first-authored, or contributed to more than 120 publications in peer reviewed international journals and 3 book chapters. He also contributed as author/contributors to the UNEP/WMO assessment reports on stratospheric ozone published in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014

Downloads&useful links


Climate Mitigation and Energy Concept:

  1. Talk from Oct. 2, 2007
  2. Proposal 'Energy City of Isny'
  3. Talk from March 28, 2008
  4. Energy Inventory of Isny, 2008
  5. Talk from Okt. 14, 2010: Strategien zur Vermeidung des Klimawandels
  6. Talk from March 31, 2010: Mitigation
  7. KSK Isny


Klaus Pfeilsticker has a long standing experience in teaching on a graduate and post-graduate level. His teaching experiences include graduate classes and seminars of general physics, lectures and seminar in environmental Physics. His teaching experience includes seminars and tutorials for post-graduate student, tutorials with written exercises that cover the whole range of physical studies conducted by graduate students

Research Interests

(1) Atmospheric ion and photochemistry of free radicals
(2) Atmospheric ozone 
(3) Climate, i.e sudies on the deposition of solar and thermal radiation in the atmosphere, photon path length distributions, UV/vis/near IR/IR absorbers 
(4) Isotope hydrology and aeronomy of the water isotopomers (HTO, HDO, H218O) 
(5) Molecular Spectroscopy of clusters, and metastable complexes (O2-O2, H2O-H2O, ..)
(6) Multifractals, turbulence, and alpha-stable statistics in geophysics 
(7) Optical spectroscopy 
(8) Technology

(9) Local energy concept, based on energy savings, energy efficiency and renewable energies (3E)


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Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeilsticker 
Institut für Umweltphysik 
University of Heidelberg 
Im Neuenheimer Feld 229 
D-69120 Heidelberg 
Phone: +49 (0)6221-546401 
Fax: +49 (0)6221-546405
Friedrich Ebert Anlage 23 a 
D-69117 Heidelberg 
Phone: +49/(0)6221/27080 
Ehrhafts 6 (previously Birkach 134) 
D-88167 Maierhöfen


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