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Dr. Gerlinde Jung



Geosystem Modeling


+49 421 218-65438


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GEO, 5500

Dr. Gerlinde Jung

Research Interests

  • Earth-System Modelling
  • Palaeoclimatology (esp. Miocene/Pliocene)
  • Land Surface - Atmosphere Feedbacks
  • Ocean-Atmosphere Feedbacks
  • Monsoons



Current Research

African mountain uplift and the development of the Benguela upwelling system in the Neogene
Mountain uplift and the effect on eastern boundary currents and upwelling systems
How does topography influence Central and East African rainfall and vegetation coverage?


Jung, G., Prange, M., Schulz, M. (2015): Influence of topography on tropical African vegetation coverage. Climate Dynamics, accepted
Hoetzel, S., Dupont, L.M., Marret, F., Jung, G., and Wefer, G. (2015): Miocene–Pliocene stepwise intensification of the Benguela upwelling over the Walvis Ridge off Namibia. Climate of the Past Discussions, doi:10.5194/cpd-11-1913-2015.
Jung, G., Prange, M., Schulz, M. (2014): Uplift of Africa as a potential cause for Neogene intensification of the Benguela upwelling system. Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2249.
Jung, G., Wagner, S., Kunstmann, H. (2012): Joint climate-hydrology modeling: an impact study for the data-sparse environment of the Volta Basin in West Africa. Hydrology Research, 43(3), 231-248.
van de Giesen, N.C., Liebe, J., Jung, G. (2010): Adapting to climate change in the Volta Basin, West Africa. Current Science, 98 (8), 1033-1037.
Leemhuis, C., Jung, G., Kasei, R., Liebe, J. (2009): The Volta Basin water allocation system: assessing the impact of the agricultural development on the water ressources of the Volta Basin, West Africa. Advances in Geosciences, 21, 57-62.
Jung, G., Hedgecock, I., Pirrone, N. (2009): ECHMERIT V1.0 – a new global fully coupled mercury-chemistry and transport model. Geoscientific Model Development, 2, 385-453
Kunstmann, H., Jung, G., Wagner, S., Clottey, H. (2008): Integration of atmospheric sciences and hydrology for the development of decision support systems in sustainable water management. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C 33(1-2): 165-174
Jung G., Kunstmann, H. (2007): Modelling regional climate change and the impact on surface and sub-surface hydrology in the Volta Basin (West Africa), (Proceedings of Symposium HS2004 at IUGG2007, Perugia, July 2007). IAHS Publ. 313
Jung G., Kunstmann, H. (2007): High-resolution regional climate modeling for the Volta region of West Africa, Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, D23108, doi:10.1029/2006JD007951
Neumann, R., Jung G., Laux, P., Kunstmann, H. (2007): Climate trends of temperature, precipitation and river discharge in the Volta Basin of West Africa; International Journal of River Basin Management; 5(1): 17-3
Kunstmann, H., Jung, G. (2007): Influence of soil-moisture and land use change on precipitation in the Volta Basin of West Africa; International Journal of River Basin Management 5 (1): 9–16
Kunstmann, H., Jung, G. (2005): Impact of regional climate change on water availability in the Volta Basin of West Africa, in "Regional Hydrological Impact of Climatic Variability and Change". IAHS Publication, Regional Hydrological impacts of Climate variability and Change - Impact Assesment and Decision Making, No. 295 (2005), S. 75-85
Kunstmann, H., Jung, G. (2003): Investigations of feedback mechanisms between soil moisture, land use and precipitation in West Africa. In: "Water Resources Systems – Water Availability and Global Change", IAHS Publication No. 280: 149-159
van de Giesen, N.C., Kunstmann, H., Jung, G., Liebe, J., Andreini, M., Vlek, P.L.G. (2002): The GLOWA Volta project: Integrated assessment of feedback mechanisms between climate, landuse, and hydrology. In: Beniston, M. (ed.) Climatic Change. Implications for the Hydrological Cycle and for Water Management, Advances in Global Change Research, 10: 151-170
Kunstmann, H., Jung, G., Knoche, R. (2001): Rückkopplungseffekte zwischen Bodenfeuchte, Landnutzung und Niederschlag im Volta Becken (Westafrika). Österreichische Beiträge zur Meteorologie und Geophysik, ISSN Heft Nr. 27/Publ. Nr. 399
Non Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Jung, G., M. Prange, and M. Schulz (2011): Die Entwicklung der tropischen Regenzone im späten Neogen. In Forschung im HLRN-Verbund 2011, ZIB Berlin und RRZN Hannover, Germany, pp. 54-55.
Lo Feudo, T., Hedgecock, I.M., Jung, L., Pirrone, N., (2010): Influence of North Atlantic Oscillation Index on Intercontinental Mercury Transport. In Proceedings of 15th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment, Gdansk, Poland, 19-23 September 2010, pp. 246-249
Travnikov, O., Lin, C. J., Dastoor, A., Bullock, O. R, Hedgecock, I., Holmes C, Ilyin I., Jaeglé L., Jung G., Pan L.,Pongprueksa P., Ryzhkov A., Seigneur C., Skov H. (2010): ChapterB4: Global and Regional Modelling. In: Part B: Mercury (Pirrone and Keating, Eds.), United Nations Publications, ISSN 1014-4625- ISBN 978-92-1-117044-3.pp. 97-144.
Hedgecock I.M., Sprovieri F., Pirrone N., Cinnirella S., Jung G. (2009): L'argento vivo comincia a smettere di fuggire. In: Atti Convegno "Environment, including global change" Palermo, 5-9 Ottobre 2009
Jung, G., Hedgecock, I., Pirrone, N. (2007): ECHMERIT – Un modello atmosferico a scala globale per studiare le dinamiche del mercurio con i cambiamenti climatici; Clima e cambiamenti climatici: le attività di richerca del CNR (CNR report, ISBN 978-88-8080-075-0).
Jung, G., Hedgecock, I., Pirrone, N. (2007): Coupling mercury chemistry to the global circulation model ECHAM5, 2nd ACCENT Symposium, Urbino, Italy. Conference Proceedings.
Knoche, R., Jung, G., Forkel, R., Kunstmann, H. (2005): High resolution climate simulations as an tool for climate impact and adaptation analysis. Annalen der Meteorologie, 41 (2005), Deutscher Wetterdienst, Offenbach, S. 205-208. ISBN 3-88148-405-1; 17th Internat. Congress of Biometeorology (ICB 2005), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, September 5-9, 2005
Kunstmann, H., Jung, G. (2003): Feedback Mechanisms between Soil Moisture, Land Use and Precipitation in West Africa, In: Arneth, A. et al. (eds), Report Series in Aerosol Sciences, No. 62B, Proceedings of ILEAPS: Integrated Land Ecosystem -Atmosphere Study, International Open Science Conference, Helsinki, Finland: 215-220
Book Chapter:

Jung, G., Hedgecock, I., Pirrone, N. (2009): The ECHMERT model. In: Mercury fate and transport in the global atmosphere: emissions, measurements and models (N. Pirrone and R. P. Mason Eds.) Springer, USA: pp. 547-569


2009 – presentPost-Doc at MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Department of Geosciences, University of Bremen, Germany
Topic: Palaeoclimate Modelling (current project: OC2)
2006 – 2009Post-Doc at the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution (IIA) of the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy in Rende.
Topic: Development and application of the global-scale online coupled mercury-chemistry and transport model ECHMERIT
2006Post-Doc at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Topic: Teaching MM5
2001 – 2005Doctoral thesis at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research Division (IMK-IFU) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany and at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Institute of Mathematics) of the University of Augsburg, Germany.
Topic: Modeling the impact of climate change on hydrology in the Volta basin of West Africa with a joint modeling approach using regional climate and hydrology models.
2000 - 2001Diploma thesis at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research Division (IMK-IFU) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Topic: Soil-moisture – rainfall feedback mechanisms in the Volta Basin, West Africa
1993 – 2001Diploma Studies in Meteorology at the Institute for Meteorology and Geophysics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria
1979 – 1992Schools, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany