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Michał Gałkowski

PostDoc in the ATM Research Group

room: A3.019
phone: +49 3641 57 6381
email: michal.galkowski(at)

Project | Research interests | CV | Publications


AIRSPACE-JIGIT is a project supporting CoMet airborne campaign from 2018, which was focused on testing innovative remote-sensing, in-situ and modelling methods to constrain european sources of main greenhouse gases - carbon dioxide and methane.

During the campaign and immediately afterwards I was responsible for in-situ measurements aboard HALO (JIG & JAS instruments), coordinateion of flask measurements from HALO and FDLR Cessna, data analysis and quality control.

Nowadays I'm using WRF-GHG regional transport model to analyse the wealth of data collected during the campaign in order to best constrain the fluxes from strong regional sources like Upper-Silesian Coal Basin.

In the end, we want to develop methodology that will allow us to use aircraft measurements to constrain other, less reserarched regional sources (e.g. tropical and boreal wetlands).

Research interests

I am interested mainly in the emission and transport of atmospheric greenhouse gases throughout the first part of their life, before they become a boring background signal which will slowly boil us all. I'm interested in both measurements and modelling. For the first part I'm using mostly in-situ techniques and methologies, for the second - a set of modelling tools including WRF, WRF-GHG, STILT and Hysplit. While trying to do both measurements and modelling is certainly challenging, I find that it gives a good perspective when trying to either explain the observed signals or to validate the modelled ones.

Academic background

  • 2017 - now: PostDoc, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
  • 2016 - 2017: Research Assistant at the AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland
  • 2015 - PhD in Physics, AGH University of Science and Technology
  • 2010 - Master's Degree, AGH University of Science and Technology


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