Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests

  • Boundary Layer dynamics
  • Atmospheric dynamics
  • Mountain meteorology
  • Air pollution modeling


Completed Projects


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Monograph, Scientific
  • Serafin, S.; Rotach, M.W.; Arpagaus, M.; Colfescu, I.; Cuxart, J.; De Wekker, S.F.J.; Evans, M.; Grubisic, V.; Kalthoff, N.; Karl, T.; Kirshbaum, D.J.; Lehner, M.; Mobbs, S.; Paci, A.; Palazzi, E.; Raudzens, Bailey A.; Schmidli, J.; Wohlfahrt, G.; Zardi, D. (2020): Multi-scale transport and exchange processes in the atmosphere over mountains. Programme and experiment. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP). ISBN 978-3-99106-003-1. (DOI)

  • Michel, D.; Rotach, M.W.; Gehrig, R.; Vogt, R. (2010): Experimental investigation of micrometeorological influences on birch pollen emission. Zürich: Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) (= Arbeitsbericht MeteoSchweiz, 230). (Web link)

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Giordani, A.; Zappa, M.; Rotach, M. W. (2020): Estimating ensemble flood forecasts uncertainty: a novel "Peak-box" approach for detecting multiple peak-flow events.
    In: Atmosphere 11/1, No. 2. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Haid, M.; Gohm, A.; Umek, L.; Ward, H. C.; Muschinski, T.; Lehner, L.; Rotach, M. W. (2020): Foehn–cold pool interactions in the Inn Valley during PIANO IOP2.
    In: Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 146/728, pp. 1232 - 1263. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Karl, T.; Gohm, A.; Rotach, M.; Ward, H.; Graus, M.; Cede, A.; Wohlfahrt, G.; Hammerle, A.; Haid, M.; Tiefengraber, M.; Lamprecht, C.; Vergeiner, J.; Kreuter, A.; Wagner, J.; Staudinger, M. (2020): Studying Urban Climate and Air quality in the Alps - The Innsbruck Atmospheric Observatory.
    In: Bulletin Of The American Meteorological Society 101. (DOI)

  • Dubrovsky, M.; Huth, R.; Dabhi, H.; Rotach, M. W. (2019): Parametric Gridded Weather Generator for Use in Present and Future Climates: Focus on Spatial Temperature Characteristics.
    In: Theoretical And Applied Climatology 139, pp. 1031 - 1044. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Goger, B.; Rotach, M.; Gohm, A.; Stiperski, I.; Fuhrer, O.; de Morsier, Guy (2019): A New Horizontal Length Scale for a Three-dimensional Turbulence Parameterization in Meso-scale Atmospheric Modeling over Highly Complex Terrain.
    In: Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 58/9, pp. 2087 - 2102. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Horak, J.; Hofer, M.; Maussion, F.; Gutmann, E.; Gohm, A.; Rotach, M. W.: (2019): Assessing the added value of the Intermediate Complexity Atmospheric Research (ICAR) model for precipitation in complex topography.
    In: Hydrology And Earth System Sciences 23, pp. 2715 - 2734. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Lehner, Manuela; Rotach, Mathias W.; Obleitner, Friedrich (2019): A method to identify synoptically undisturbed, clear-sky conditions for valley-wind analysis.
    In: Boundary-Layer Meteorology 173/3, pp. 435 - 450. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Mallaun, C.; Giez, A.; Mayr, G.; Rotach, M. (2019): Subsiding shells and the distribution of up- and downdraughts in warm cumulus clouds over land.
    In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 19/15, pp. 9769 - 9786. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Richter, B.; Schweizer, J.; Rotach, M. W.; van Herwijnen, A.. (2019): Validating modeled critical crack length for crack propagation in the snow cover model SNOWPACK.
    In: The Cryosphere 13, pp. 3353 - 3366. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Stiperski, I.; Calaf, M.; Rotach, M. W. (2019): Scaling, Anisotropy, and Complexity in Near‐Surface Atmospheric Turbulence.
    In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 124/3, pp. 1428 - 1448. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Babic, K.; Rotach, M.W. (2018): Turbulence kinetic energy budget in the stable boundary layer over a heterogeneous surface.
    In: Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 144/713, pp. 1045 - 1062. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Goger, B.; Rotach, M.W.; Gohm, A.; Fuhrer, O.; Stiperski, I.; Holtslag, A. (2018): The Impact of Three-Dimensional Effects on the Simulation of Turbulence Kinetic Energy in a Major Alpine Valley.
    In: Boundary-Layer Meteorology 168/1, pp. 1 - 27. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Sfyri, Eleni; Rotach, Mathias; Stiperski, Ivana; Bosveld, Fred; Lehner, Manuela; Obleitner, Friedrich (2018): Scalar-Flux Similarity in the Layer Near the Surface Over Mountainous Terrain.
    In: Boundary-Layer Meteorology 169/1, pp. 11 - 46. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

  • Leukauf, D.; Gohm, A.; Rotach, M. (2017): Toward Generalizing the Impact of Surface Heating, Stratification, and Terrain Geometry on the Daytime Heat Export from an Idealized Valley.
    In: Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 56/10, pp. 2711 - 2727. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Rotach, M. W.; Stiperski, I.; Fuhrer, O.; Goger, B.; Gohm, A.; Obleitner, F.; Rau, G.; Sfyri, E.; Vergeiner, J. (2017): Investigating Exchange Processes over Complex Topography: the Innsbruck-Box (i-Box).
    In: Bulletin Of The American Meteorological Society 98/4, pp. 787 - 805. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Zink, K.; Kaufmann, P.; Petitpierre, B.; Broennimann, O.; Guisan, A.; Gentilini, E; Rotach, M. W. (2017): Numerical ragweed pollen forecasts using different source maps: a comparison for France.
    In: International Journal Of Biometeorology 61/1, pp. 23 - 33. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

  • Babic, K.; Rotach, M. W.; Klaic, Z. B. (2016): Evaluation of Local Similarity Theory in the Wintertime Nocturnal Boundary Layer over Heterogeneous Surface.
    In: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 228, pp. 164 - 179. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Chen, X.; Skerlak, B.; Rotach, M.; Anel, J. A.; Su, Z.; Ma, Y. (2016): Reasons for the Extremely High-Ranging Planetary Boundary Layer over the Western Tibetan Plateau in Winter.
    In: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 73, pp. 2021 - 2038. (DOI)

  • Leukauf, Daniel; Gohm, Alexander; Rotach, Mathias W. (2016): Quantifying horizontal and vertical tracer mass fluxes in an idealized valley during daytime.
    In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16/20, pp. 13049 - 13066. (DOI)

  • Stiperski, I.; Rotach, M. W. (2016): On the Measurement of Turbulence Over Complex Mountainous Terrain.
    In: Boundary-Layer Meteorology 159/1, pp. 97 - 121. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Kljun, N.; Calanca, P.; Rotach, M. W.; Schmid, H. P. (2015): A simple two-dimensional parameterisation for Flux Footprint Prediction (FFP).
    In: Geoscientific Model Development 8/11, pp. 3695 - 3713. (DOI)

  • Leukauf, D.; Gohm, A.; Rotach, M. W.; Wagner, J. S. (2015): The Impact of the Temperature Inversion Breakup on the Exchange of Heat and Mass in an Idealized Valley: Sensitivity to the Radiative Forcing.
    In: Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 54/11, pp. 2199 - 2216. (DOI)

  • Massaro, G.; Stiperski, I.; Pospichal, B.; Rotach, M. W. (2015): Accuracy of retrieving temperature and humidity profiles by ground-based microwave radiometry in truly complex terrain.
    In: Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 8/8, pp. 3355 - 3367. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Theeuwes, N. E.; Steeneveld, G. J.; Ronda, R. J.; Rotach, M. W.; Holtslag, A. A. M (2015): Cool city mornings by urban heat.
    In: Environmental Research Letters 10/11, No. 114022. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Wagner, J. S.; Gohm, A.; Rotach, M. W. (2015): Influence of along-valley terrain heterogeneity on exchange processes over idealized valleys.
    In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 15/12, pp. 6589 - 6603. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Wagner, J. S.; Gohm, A.; Rotach, M. W. (2015): The impact of valley geometry on daytime thermally driven flows and vertical transport processes.
    In: Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 141/690, pp. 1780 - 1794. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Rotach, M.; Wohlfahrt, G.; Hansel, A.; Reif, M.; Wagner, J.; Gohm, A. (2014): The world is not flat? Implications for the global carbon balance.
    In: Bulletin Of The American Meteorological Society 95/7, pp. 1021 - 1028. (DOI)

  • Wagner, Johannes S.; Gohm, Alexander; Rotach, Mathias W. (2014): The impact of horizontal model grid resolution on the boundary layer structure over an idealized valley.
    In: Monthly Weather Review 142/9, pp. 3446 - 3465. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Zink, K.; Pauling, A.; Rotach, M.W.; Vogel, H.; Kaufmann, P.; Clot, B. (2013): EMPOL 1.0: a new parameterization of pollen emission in numerical weather prediction models.
    In: Geoscientific Model Development 6, pp. 1961 - 1975. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Hilaire, D.; Rotach, M.W.; Clot, B. (2012): Building models for daily pollen concentrations.
    In: Aerobiologia 28/4, pp. 499 - 513. (DOI)

  • Hirschi, M.; Spirig, C.; Weigel, AP.; Calanca, P.; Samietz, J.; Rotach, MW (2012): Monthly Weather Forecasts in a Pest Forecasting Context: Downscaling, Recalibration, and Skill Improvement.
    In: Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 51/9, pp. 1633 - 1638. (DOI)

  • Hirschi, M.; Stoeckli, S.; Dubrovsky, M.; Spirig, C.; Calanca, P.; Rotach, M.W.; Fischer, A.M.; Duffy, B.; Samietz, J. (2012): Downscaling climate change scenarios for apple pest and disease modeling in Switzerland.
    In: Earth System Dynamics 3, pp. 33 - 47. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Michel, D.; Rotach, M.W.; Gehrig, R.; Vogt, R. (2012): On the efficiency and correction of vertically oriented blunt bioaerosol samplers in moving air.
    In: International Journal Of Biometeorology 56/6, pp. 1113 - 1121. (DOI)

  • Pauling, A.; Rotach, MW.; Gehrig, R.; Clot, B (2012): A method to derive vegetation distribution maps for pollen dispersion models using birch as an example.
    In: International Journal Of Biometeorology 56/5, pp. 949 - 958. (DOI)

  • Rotach, MW; Arpagaus, M.; Dorninger, M.; Hegg, C.; Montani, A.; Ranzi, R. (2012): Uncertainty propagation for flood forecasting in the Alps: Different views and impacts from MAP D-PHASE.
    In: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 12/8, pp. 2439 - 2448. (DOI)

  • Stoeckli, S.; Hirschi, M.; Spirig, C.; Calanca, P.; Rotach, MW.; Samietz, J. (2012): Impact of Climate Change on Voltinism and Prospective Diapause Induction of a Global Pest Insect.
    In: PLoS One 7/4, p. e35723. (DOI)

  • Baklanov, A.A.; Grisogono, B.; Bornstein, R.; Mahrt, L.; Zilitinkevich, S.S.; Taylor, P.; Larsen, S.E.; Rotach, M.W.; Fernando, H.J S. (2011): The Nature, Theory, and Modeling of Atmospheric Planetary Boundary Layers.
    In: Bulletin Of The American Meteorological Society 92/2, pp. 123 - 128. (DOI)

  • Buzzi, M.; Rotach, M.W.; Raschendorfer, M.; Holtslag, A.A.M. (2011): Evaluation of the COSMO-SC turbulence scheme in a shear-driven stable boundary layer.
    In: Meteorologische Zeitschrift 20/3, pp. 335 - 350. (DOI)

  • Wulfmeyer, V.; Behrendt, A; Kottmeier, C.; Rotach, M. W. et al. (2011): The Convective an Orograhically-induced Precipitation Study (COPS): the scientific strategy, the field phase, and research highlights.
    In: Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 137/51, pp. 3 - 30. (DOI)

  • Wunderli, J.M.; Rotach, M.W. (2011): Application of Statistical Weather Data From the Numerical Weather Prediction Model COSMO-2 for Noise Mapping Purposes.
    In: Acustica United with Acta Acustica 97/3, pp. 403 - 415. (DOI)

  • Szintai, B.; Kaufmann, P.; Rotach, M. W. (2010): Simulation of pollutant transport in complex terrain with a NWP - particle dispersion model combination.
    In: Boundary-Layer Meteorology 137/3, pp. 373 - 396. (DOI)

  • Wang, W.; Rotach, M.W. (2010): Flux Footprints over an undulating surface.
    In: Boundary-Layer Meteorology 136/2, pp. 325 - 340. (DOI)

  • Weusthoff, T.; Ament, F.; Arpagaus, M.; Rotach, M.W. (2010): Assessing the benefits of convection permitting models by Neighborhood Verification - examples from MAP D-PHASE.
    In: Monthly Weather Review 138/9, pp. 3418 - 3433. (DOI)

Journal Article (Review)
  • Lehner, Manuela; Rotach, Mathias (2018): Current Challenges in Understanding and Predicting Transport and Exchange in the Atmosphere over Mountainous Terrain.
    In: Atmosphere 9/7, No. 276. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Serafin, S.; Adler, B.; Cuxart, J.; De Wekker, S.F.J.; Gohm, A.; Grisogono, B.; Kalthoff, N.; Kirschbaum, D.J.; Rotach, M.; Schmidli, J.; Stiperski, I.; Vecenaj, Z.; Zardi, D. (2018): Exchange Processes in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Over Mountainous Terrain.
    In: Atmosphere 9/3, No. 102. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Rotach, M. W.; Gohm, A.; Lang, M. N.; Leukauf, D; Stiperski, I; Wagner, J. S. (2015): On the vertical exchange of heat, mass and momentum over complex, mountainous terrain.
    In: Frontiers in Earth Science 3, Nr. 76. (DOI) (Web link)

Journal Article (Proceedings Paper)
  • Samietz, J.; Stoeckli, S.; Hirschi, M.; Spirig, C.; Höhn, H.; Calanca, P.; Rotach, M. (2015): Modelling the Impact of Climate Change on Sustainable Management of the Codling Moth (Cydia Pomonella) as Key Pest in Apple.
    In: ISHS Acta Horticulturae 1068, pp. 35 - 42. (DOI) (Web link)

Journal Article (Other)
  • Stöckl, S.; Rotach, M.W.; Kljun, N. (2018): Comment on: “Corrections to the Mathematical Formulation of a Backwards Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model” by Gibson and Sailor (2012: Boundary-Layer Meteorology 145, 399–406).
    In: Boundary-Layer Meteorology 166/1, pp. 153 - 160. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

  • Barlow, J.; Best, M.; Bohnenstengel, S.; Clark, P.; Grimmond, S.; Lean, H.; Christen, A.; Emeis, S.; Haeffelin, M.; Harman, I.; Lemonsu, A.; Martilli, A.; Pardyjak, E.; Rotach, M. W.; Ballard, S.; Boutle, I.; Brown, A.; Cai, X.; Carpentieri, M.; Coceal, O.; Crawford, B.; Di Sabatino, S.; Dou, J.; Drew, D.; Edwards, J.; Fallmann, J.; Fortuniak, K.; Gornall, J.; Gronemeier, T.; Halios, H.; Hertwig, D.; Hirano, K.; Holtslag, A.; Luo, Z.; Mills, G.; Nakayoshi, M.; Pain, K.; Schlünzen, K.; Smith, S.; Soulhac, L.; Steeneveld, G.; Sun, T.; Theeuwes, N.; Thomson, D.; Voogt, J.; Ward, H.; Xie, Z.; Zhong, J. (2017): Developing a research strategy to better understand, observe and simulate urban atmospheric processes at kilometre to sub-kilometre scales.
    In: Bulletin Of The American Meteorological Society 98/10, pp. ES261 - ES264. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Arnold, D.; Morton, D.; Schicker, I.; Seibert, P.; Rotach, M.W.; Horvath, C.; Dudhia, J.; Satomura, T.; Muller, M.; Zangl, G.; Takemi, T.; Serafin, S.; Schmidli, J.; Schneider, S. (2012): Issues in High-resolution atmospheric modeling in complex topography – The HiRCoT workshop.
    In: Croatian Meteorological Journal 47, pp. 3 - 11. (Web link)

  • Arnold, D.; Morton, D.; Schicker, I.; Seibert, P.; Rotach, MW.; Horvath, K.; Dudhia, J.; Satomura, T.; Müller, M.; Zängl, G.; Takemi, T.; Serafin, S.; Schmidli, J.; Schneider, S. (2012): High Resolution Modelling in Complex Terrain. Report on the HiRCoT 2012 Workshop, Vienna, 21 23 February 2012.
    In: BOKU-Met Report 21, pp. 21 - 23. (Web link)

Journal Article (Meeting-Abstract)
  • Rotach, M. W.; Arpagaus, M.; Cuxart, J.; De Wekker, S. J. F.; Grubisic, V.; Kalthoff, N.; Kirshbaum, D.; Lehner, M.; Mobbs, S.; Paci, A..; Serafin, S.; Zardi, D. (2018): A coordinated effort to investigate Transport and Exchange Processes in the Atmosphere over Mountains-Experiment (TEAMx).
    In: Geophysical Research Abstracts 20, EGU2018-13812. (Web link)

  • Strasser, U.; Schneeberger, K.; Dabhi, H.; Dubrovsky, M.; Hanzer, F.; Marke, T.; Oberguggenberger, M.; Rössler, O.; Schmieder, J.; Rotach, M.; Stötter, J.; Weingartner, R. (2016): Hydrological scenarios for two selected Alpine catchments for the 21st century using a  stochastic  weather generator and enhanced process understanding for modelling  of seasonal snow and glacier melt for improved water resources management.
    In: Geophysical Research Abstracts 18, EGU2016-6163. (Web link)

Journal Article (Editorial)
  • Schöner, W.; Rotach, M (2016): Hochgebirgsmeteorologie und Glaziologie: Zu diesem Heft.
    In: Promet 98, p. 2. (Web link)

  • Mayer, H.; Rotach, M.W.; Haiden, T. (2014): Papers from the DACH 2013 conference at Innsbruck, Austria.
    In: Meteorologische Zeitschrift 23/3, pp. 191 - 192. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Grassl, H.; Hantel, M.; Rotach, MW.; Ruedel, E. (2012): 125 years of high-mountain research at Sonnblick Observatory (Austrian Alps).
    In: Theoretical And Applied Climatology 110/4, pp. 489 - 490. (DOI) (Web link)

Book Chapter (Original Paper)
  • Gohm, A.; Wagner, J.; Leukauf, D.; Rotach, M.; Posch, C. (2013): Earth-atmosphere exchange of heat and mass over mountainous terrain.
    In: Barden, Marco; Ostermann, Alexander: Scientific Computing @ uibk. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP) (= SC SERIES, 1)., ISBN 978-3-902936-19-6, pp. 35 - 38. (Web link)

  • Reif, M.; Rotach, M.W.; Gohm, A.; Wohlfahrt, G. (2013): Carbon Dioxide Exchange in Complex Topography.
    In: Barden, Marco; Ostermann, Alexander: Scientific Computing @ uibk. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP) (= SC SERIES, 1)., ISBN 978-3-902936-19-6, pp. 131 - 133.

Proceedings Article (Full Paper)
  • Goger, B.; Rotach, M.; Gohm, A.; Stiperski, I.; Fuhrer, O. (2016): Current challenges for numerical weather prediction in complex terrain: Topography representation and parameterizations.
    In: 2016 International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS). Los Alamitos: IEEE Computer Society Press., pp. 890 - 894. (DOI) (Web link)

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Strasser, U.; Schneeberger, K.; Rössler, O.; Schmieder, J.; Hanzer, F.; Dabhi, H.; Bahro, N.; Kapeller, M.; Allerberger, F.; Marke, T.; Dubrovsky, M.; Oberguggenberger, M.; Rotach, M.; Stötter, J; Weingartner, R. (2016): Verbessertes Prozessverständnis und verbesserte Modellierung der Schnee- und Gletscherschmelze unter Einfluss des Klimawandels: hydrologische und sozio-ökonomische Auswirkungen.
    In: Schwarzl, I.; Kolar, J.; Schöner, W.; Formayer, H.; Steininger, K.; Wolkinger, B. ed al: Tagungsband 17. Klimatag. Aktuelle Klimaforschung in Österreich, 6. bis 8. April 2016. Wien: Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA)., pp. 164 - 165. (Web link)

  • Spririg, C.; Hirschi, M.; Rotach, M.W.; Dubrovsky, M.; Stöckli, S.; Samietz, J.; Calanca, P. (2010): Agricultural pests under future climate conditions: downscaling of regional climate scenarios with a stochastic weather generator.
    In: American Meteorological Society: 29th Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Book of Abstracts. Boston: American Meteorological Society., p. 11.4. (Web link)

Encyclopaedia Entry, Scientific
  • Rotach, M.W.; Calanca, P. (2014): Microclimate.
    In: North, G.; Pyle, J.; Zhang, F.: Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences. San Diego [u.a.]: Academic Press., ISBN 978-0123822253, 2nd Edition, Vol. 1, pp. 258 - 264. (Web link)

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