Jun.-Prof. Dr. Heike Kalesse-Los

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Heike Kalesse-Los

Junior Professor

Arktische Klimaänderungen (JP)
Prager Straße 34-36, Room 506
04317 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-36650


You can find my personal web page at https://monsun.meteo.uni-leipzig.de/wiki/doku.php/user:heikekalesse

Professional career

  • since 04/2018
    W1 (Tenure Track) Professorship for Arctic Climat Change
  • 01/2015 - 01/2018
    Scientist; Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig
  • 09/2011 - 10/2014
    Postdoctoral Research Associate; McGill University, Montreal, Canada


  • 05/2006 - 06/2010
    Doctor of Natural Science in Atmospheric Physics; Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
  • 10/2000 - 03/2006
    Diplom of Meteorology; University Leipzig
  • Remote sensing of the Arctic climate system

  • Cloud radar Doppler spectra analysis

  • Atmospheric retrieval algorithm development

  • Synergystic profiling with remote sensing instruments for atmospheric research

  • Microphysics, dynamics, and radiative impact of clouds

  • Application of remote-sensing instrumentation at the atmosphere-biosphere interface for flying insect retrievals and precipitation interception

  • Application of remote-sensing observations and machine learning for improvement of short-term renewable energy forecasts (wind energy & photovoltaics)
  • TRR 172/B07: Influence of sea ice leads or polynyas on Arctic cloud properties
    Kalesse-Los, Heike
    Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2023
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Arktische Klimaveränderung; SFB Transregio 172: Arktische Verstärkung: Klimarelevante Atmosphären- und Oberflächenprozesse und Rückkopplungsmechanismen (AC)3
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  • Polarimetry Influenced by CCN aNd INP in Cyprus and Chile (PICNICC): An assessment of hemispheric cloud polarimetric contrasts and its relation to differences in aerosol load
    Kalesse-Los, Heike
    Duration: 11/2018 – 12/2023
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Arktische Klimaveränderung
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  • Characterization of orography-influenced riming and secondary ice production and their effects on precipitation rates using radar polarimetry and Doppler spectra (CORSIPP)
    Kalesse-Los, Heike
    Duration: 01/2023 – 05/2025
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Arktische Klimaveränderung; Institut für Meteorologie
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  • Improving the power forecast of photovoltaic systems to support the energy transition and to investigate aerosol-cloud interactions
    Kalesse-Los, Heike
    Duration: 01/2023 – 12/2024
    Funded by: EU Europäischer Sozialfonds (ESF)
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Theoretische Meteorologie; Arktische Klimaveränderung
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more projects

  • Vogl, T.; Maahn, M.; Kneifel, S.; Schimmel, W.; Moisseev, D.; Kalesse-Los, H.
    Using artificial neural networks to predict riming from Doppler cloud radar observations
    Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 2022. 15 (2). pp. 365–381.
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  • Kalesse-Los, H.; Schimmel, W.; Luke, E.; Seifert, P.
    Evaluating cloud liquid detection against Cloudnet using cloud radar Doppler spectra in a pre-trained artificial neural network
    Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 2022. 15 (2). pp. 279–295.
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  • Schimmel, W.; Kalesse-Los, H.; Maahn, M.; Vogl, T.; Foth, A.; Saavedra Garfias, P. A.; Seifert, P.
    Identifying cloud droplets beyond lidar attenuation from vertically pointing cloud radar observations using artificial neural networks
    Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 2022. 15 (18). pp. 5343–5366.
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  • Kalesse-Los, H.; Vogl, T.; Paduraru, C.; Luke, E.
    Development and validation of a supervised machine learning radar Doppler spectra peak-finding algorithm
    Atmos. Meas. Tech.. 2019. pp. 4591–4617.
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more publications

Junior-professor for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and the Arctic Climate System

  • 12-111-0027 WP2 Climat and general Circulation

    Bachelor of Science

  • 11-0010 P13 atmospheric boundary layer

    Bachelor of Science

  • 12-11-1036 E2 Ground-based remote sensing with radar and microwave radiometer

    Master of Science

  • 12-111-1027 A4 Climate of the Polar regions

     Master of Science

Research fields



  • Fernerkundung der Atmosphäre
  • Klima der Arktis

Contact for media inquiries

Fax: +49 341 97-32899
Phone: +49 341 97-36650