Climate variability in South America and the Central Andes
Bodo Bookhagen is a professor in remote sensing at the University of Potsdam. He applies a combination of remote sensing, field, laboratory, and numerical methods to understand and quantify climatic and geomorphic processes. More specifically, he relies on optical, active and passive radar satellite imagery to quantify climatic parameters (precipitation, snow cover) and he identifies their variability through time. In the field, he studies geomorphic processes and determines some of their rates in the laboratory through cosmogenic nuclide measurements. Furthermore, he relies on a terrestrial laser scanner to produce cm-scale digital elevation models (DEMs) and performs change-detection methods.