The Birkeland Lecture 2008

Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo

The Birkeland Lecture 2008 will be given by   Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Lübken, LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FÜR ATMOSPHÄRENPHYSIK (IAP), KÜHLUNGSBORN, GERMANY. The title of his speech is "Dramatic climate changes in the upper atmosphere".

For more information see the attached program.

Franz-Josef Lübken has, since September 1, 1999, been Professor of Physics at the RostockUniversity and Director of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) in Kühlungsborn, Germany. He has also been professor of Physics at the Physikalisches Institut der Universität Bonn. He has his Ph.D in physics from the Physikalisches Institut der Universität Bonn (1985), and his `Habilitation’ in Physics at the Physikalisches Institut der Universität Bonn (1993). In the 1988 – 1989 he worked at the York University in Toronto, Canada, as post doc., doing research on tunable diode laser.

Professor Lübken’s scientific interests include thermal and dynamical structure of the middle atmosphere; turbulence in the mesosphere; ice layers at the summer mesopause; temperature measurements with rockets and lidars; gravity waves; trends in the upper atmosphere; trace gas measurements from rockets. He has been Project Scientist of several sounding rocket projects, and is author or coauthor of more than 150 scientific publications on atmospheric physics.

Professor Lübken is Co-Editor of Geophysical Research Letters, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, and Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, and member of the Advisory Board of the German Space Administration and of the Council for Atmospheric Science of the German Science Foundation and, furthermore, Chairman of the “Atmospheric Coupling” theme of the SCOSTEP Program CAWSES (Climate and Weather of the Sun-Earth System).