Cloud physics on the Zugspitze

Arrival Information

Tickets for your train ride from Garmisch Partenkirchen to Zugspitzplatt were deposited at the Zugspitzbahnhof in Garmisch Partenkirchen. You can pick them up at the counter, state that you're a participant at a Max-Planck conference at the Schneefernerhouse, give your name, and pay a small fee.

At the Zugspitzplatt you can get lunch. Then take the cable car to Schneefernerhaus (not the cable car to the summit). I sent an email to all participants with my phone number. Please text me if you have any problems.


The topic of this conference is the role of turbulence in cloud microphysics, in particular its effect on the size distribution of cloud droplets, and on the dynamics and growth of ice crystals in cold clouds, as well as their impact on precipitation. The participants study these questions using different methods: lab experiments, in situ observations, computer simulations, and theory.

The conference takes place at the Schneefernerhaus, a research station at 2650m altitude on the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain near Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Dates: April 11-14 (2023)

Location: Schneefernerhaus, Zuspitze.

Organisers: E. Bodenschatz and B. Mehlig

List of participants
Claudia Brunner (Göttingen) High-Reynolds number wind-turbine experiments in the variable-density turbulence tunnel
Gholamhossein Bagheri* (Göttingen) TBA
Taraprasad Bhowmick (Göttingen) Settling dynamics of non-spherical atmospheric particles
Eberhard Bodenschatz (Göttingen) In the clouds
Florencia Falkinhoff  (Göttingen) Preferential concentration of free-falling heavy particles in turbulence
Franziska Glassmeier (Delft) TBA
Kristian Gustavsson (Gothenburg) Caustics in turbulent aerosols
Fabian Hoffmann (Munic) A Lagrangian Perspective on Aerosol-Cloud Interactions
Fabian Kleischmann (Braunschweig) The effect of oscillary flows on particle interactions with and without gravity
Bernhard Mehlig (Gothenburg) Collisions of charged droplets
Navid Mousavi* (Gothenburg) Emergent counter-current swimming: an efficient strategy for plankton to avoid high strain 
Alexander Meltekin (Braunschweig) On the permeable properties of natural porous structures
Andrea Papini (Pisa) Turbulence enhancement of coagulation
Gaetano Sardina* (Gothenburg) Droplet evaporation at the cloud edge
Grigory Sarnitsky (Gothenburg) TBA
Oliver Schlenczek (Göttingen) Microphysical properties around the cloud base of mature cumulonimbus with and without lightning measured at UFS with inline holography
Birte Thiede (Göttingen) Cloud-droplet distribution in shallow cumulus clouds: analysis of CloudKite holograms from EUREC4A with an improved droplet identification method
Greg A. Voth* Orientation and relative velocity of non-spherical particles sedimenting in turbulence
Bernhard Vowinckel (Braunschweig) Simulation data analysis of flocculation in turbulence by population-balance models

*virtual participation


  April 10 April 11 April 12 April 13 April 14
8-9     Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast



Break 10:15-10:45


12-13   Arrival (Zugspitzplatt) Lunch           Lunch            
13-15:30   Individual
Individual discussion

Individual discussion

15:30-16:30   Coffee Coffee    


Arrival (Garmisch  Partenkirchen)

Welcome & overview



Start 15:00


19   Dinner Dinner Dinner  
20-21   After-dinner talk (Mehlig) Sarnitsky
After-dinner talk (Glassmeier, Hoffmann, Schlenczek)  

Travel. We booked rooms at the Schneefernerhaus on the Zugspitze for April 11-14. On April 11 we take the train at 11:15 in the morning from Garmisch Partenkirchen to the Zugspitzplatt, where we plan to have lunch. After lunch we continue to the Schneefernerhaus. Please note that you must book your own hotel room in Garmisch Partenkirchen for the night April 10/11. 

Train schedule Garmisch Partenkirchen -- Zugspitzplatt