Kilian Hermes

Kilian Hermes


I’m a second-year PhD student at the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science.

My research is focused on mineral dust, an essential component of Earth’s climate system. With my current PhD project I look into short range forecast of dust storms, so called nowcasts, for which numeric models often show very low skill. Based on satellite observations, my project will create a new nowcast for dust storms. This will also help to improve conventional forecasting of such events as well as to fill key gaps in our understanding of dust emissions and the Earth’s dust cycle.

I am part of the SENSE CDT - Centre for satellite data in environmental science, funded by NERC and the UK space agency. 

Research interests

  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Mineral dust
  • Nowcasting
  • Extreme weather
  • Human impact on the environment


  • MSc Meteorology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • BSc Meteorology, Leipzig University, Germany

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
  • Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics