Current Research

The incomplete understanding of the local dynamics of the stratocumulus top underlies key uncertainties in climate modeling. My current project aims to investigate this local dynamics. Previous work within the research group “Turbulent Mixing Processes in the Earth System” has considered the role of radiative and evaporative cooling in the vertical structure of the stratocumulus top region, and in the mean entrainment velocity. In my ongoing project, this work is extended by investigating the interactions between steady and unsteady wind shear, droplet sedimentation, radiative cooling, and evaporative cooling. The role of wind shear and droplet sedimentation has often been ignored in the analysis, but recent work has shown that it can be critical. A related newspaper article can be found here.


Related Publications

  • Bernhard Schulz and Juan Pedro Mellado. "Wind Shear Effects on Radiatively and Evaporatively Driven Stratocumulus Tops.'' In: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 75.9 (2018), pp. 3245–3263. doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-18-0027.1.
  •  Bernhard Schulz and Juan Pedro Mellado. "Competing Effects of Droplet Sedimentation and Wind Shear on Entrainment in Stratocumulus." In: Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 11 (2019). doi: 10.1029/2019MS001617.
  • Schulz, B. (2019). On the role of wind shear and cloud droplet sedimentation of entrainment in stratocumulus. PhD Thesis, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg. doi:10.17617/2.3065430.

Former Publications

  • Schulz, B., Chudoba, R., Heyda, J., & Dzubiella, J. (2015). Tuning the critical solution temperature of polymers by copolymerization. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 143(24), 243119.