Frey et al., Building the COllaborative Carbon Column Observing Network (COCCON): Long term stability and ensemble performance of the EM27/SUN Fourier transform spectrometer, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss.,, in review, 2018.
Buchwitz et al., Computation and analysis of atmospheric carbon dioxide annual mean growth rates from satellite observations during 2003-2016, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.,, in review, 2018.
Wu et al., Carbon dioxide retrieval from OCO-2 satellite observations using the RemoTeC algorithm and validation with TCCON measurements, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3111-3130,, 2018.
Hu et al., Toward Global Mapping of Methane With TROPOMI: First Results and Intersatellite Comparison to GOSAT, Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 3682-3689,, 2018.

Atmospheric Physics (Prof. A. Butz)

The Atmospheric Physics group explores the gaseous and particulate composition of the Earth's atmosphere. Our main research focus is on the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) which drive current climate change through their man-made emissions. Our goal is to better understand the anthropogenic and biogeochemical processes that control atmospheric abundances of CO2 and CH4. To this end, we use and develop spectroscopic remote sensing techniques that enable highly accurate measurements of greenhouse gas concentrations from satellites and ground-based platforms.


See our "ARRHENIUS" proposal for the Earth Explorer-10 of the European Space Agency.


Prof. Dr. André Butz
Universität Heidelberg
Institut für Umweltphysik
Im Neuenheimer Feld 229 (4th floor, room 424)
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 54 6310
Email: andre.butz ( at )


List of publications (pdf)


Please contact us in case you are interested in our work. There is opportunities for projects on Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. level beyond the ones listed here.

Master thesis: Molecular absorption line-shapes and their impact on satellite CO2 and CH4 measurements (pdf)
Master thesis: Satellite remote sensing of atmospheric CO2: TanSAT (pdf)
Master thesis: Development of a stand-alone atmospheric greenhouse gas spectrometer: deployment on research vessel (pdf)
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