Dr. Katja Friedrich - Bio Page

Bio PhotoPh.D. in Physics, Ludwig-Maximillians-University, Munich Germany, 2002
M.S.  in Meteorology, University of Leipzig, Germany, 1999
B.S.  in Meteorology, University of Leipzig, Germany, 1996

Studying kinematic and microphysical processes in thunderstorms, orographic precipitation, hurricanes and processes relevant for convection initiation

In January 2008, I joined the University of Colorado at Boulder. My research direction is the investigation of kinematic and microphysical processes relevant for cloud formation and enhancement of precipitation with special focus on improving quantitative precipitation estimation and forecast during heavy precipitation and wind storms in mountainous regions.

In 2004, I joined the radar research group of MeteoSwiss in Locarno, Switzerland. I investigated the optimal usage of radar polarimetry in mountainous environment with special emphasis on improving precipitation estimation and forecast during severe weather events such as thunderstorms, winter storms, and flash flood events.

From 2003 to 2004, I did a post-doctorate at the University of Colorado CIRES where I focused on investigating processes relevant for convection initiation along thunderstorm outflows and cold fronts. I analyzed a wide range of experimental data ranging from drop- and rawinsondes to airborne ELDORA and ground based radars.

During my work as a Ph.D. student and later as a post-doctoral associate at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, I participated in several experiments by analyzing kinematic and microphysical structures within precipitation in the alpine foreland using the polarimetric bistatic Doppler radar network. I set up the first and only bistatic Doppler radar network in Europe and specialized in analyzing polarimetric Doppler radar data and retrieving three-dimensional wind-vector fields from multiple-Doppler techniques from conventional weather radar and bistatic radar network.