30 - GFZ

Prof. Dr. Torsten Sachs
Dr. Andrei Serafimovich

Helmholtz Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches Geoforschungszentrum
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences
14473 Potsdam




The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is Germany’s premier institute for the geosciences, with strong links to leading institutes across Europe. Its more than 1170 employees include almost 500 scientists and 120 PhD students working in seven departments on topics ranging across the full breadth of the Earth Sciences from global processes, plate boundary systems and georesources, to earth surface – climate interactions and natural hazards. GFZ has a strong tradition in the global monitoring of our planet with geophysical and remote sensing techniques but also operates major, multi-disciplinary regional observatories. All work at the GFZ benefits from generous technical support and a uniquely comprehensive range of state-of-the-art equipment. GFZ has formal collaborations with institutions from more than 60 countries and more than 40 joint appointments link it closely to the surrounding universities.

In recent years, a newly established surface-atmosphere interaction group has established leading expertise in regional airborne measurements of turbulent exchange of latent and sensible heat as well as greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4). 

Role in the project

GFZ contributes existing regional-scale data and derived products (e.g. gridded high-resolution maps of regional sensible and latent heat exchange, carbon dioxide and methane flux) from airborne campaigns in Alaska, Canada, and Siberia and will prepare these data for integration in iAOS (WP2). New campaigns (WP3) geared towards the objectives of this proposal but funded externally will contribute additional data.