Prof Peter Knippertz is a Professor of Meteorology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and has long-term research expertise in analyzing, modelling and forecasting storm systems in the tropics and extratropics.
His current work is focused on the West African monsoon, dust storms in the Sahara and windstorms over the North Atlantic/Europe using a wide range of observations (conventional, satellite, aircraft) and modelling tools. He has been involved in several international research programmes and field campaigns such as THORPEX (The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment), AMMA (African Monsoon Multiscale Analysis), SAMUM (Saharan Mineral Dust Experiment), DIAMET (DIAbatic influence on Mesoscale structures in ExTratropical storms) and DACCIWA (Dynamics-Aerosol-Chemistry-Cloud Interactions over West Africa). He is co-speaker of the Collaborative Research Center "Waves to Weather" (https://www.wavestoweather.de).
These projects have been funded mainly by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European Research Council (ERC), the EU commission, the AXA Research Fund and the UK Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC). He has authored over 130 peer-reviewed articles on tropical-extratropical interactions, the dynamics of dust storms, precipitation dynamics in Africa and extratropical wind storms as well as edited a book on mineral dust published by Springer in 2014.