Vanessa Reinhart is a PhD student at GERICS since June 2018. She is working within the framework of the Helmholtz-Institut Climate Service Sciences (HICSS) in the LANDMATE project. The project aims to investigate the impact of land use and land cover changes on regional climate in Europe.
Through analysis of historical land use and land cover datasets she is developing methods and tools to improve resolution and accuracy of the representation of land use changes. The work will prepare a robust and dynamic land surface dataset which can be implemented into regional climate models. In the final phase of the project, the dataset will be implemented into REMO-iMOVE for modeling future climate scenarios in Europe.
In her Master studies, Vanessa was investigating the sensitivity and response of the treeline ecotone in Rolwaling Himal (Nepal) to climate warming. During three field campaigns in the Rolwaling Valley (Gaurishankar Conservation Area, East-Central Nepal), she maintained the weatherstation network of the University of Hamburg. She utilized the observed data in her master thesis, where she tested the sensitivity and performance of the Weather Forecast and Research model (WRF) to different parameterizations of the planetary boundary layer.