Biography of Prof Thomas Foken

Thomas Foken is retired Professor of Micrometeorology at the University of Bayreuth (Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research), Germany. He obtained his doctoral degree from Leipzig University in 1978 and his second doctoral degree (Dr sc nat) from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 1990. He headed the Laboratories of Boundary Layer Research and Land Surface Processes of the Meteorological Service at Potsdam (1981–1994) and Lindenberg (1994–1997).
In 1997, Thomas Foken was appointed Professor of Micrometeorology at the University of Bayreuth. He has taught courses on micrometeorology in Berlin, Potsdam, and Bayreuth. His main research areas are related to the interaction between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere, and the measurement and modelling of energy and matter fluxes, with a strong focus on measurement devices. He has organized and participated in experiments at the international level, e.g. in Russia, USA, Tibet, and Antarctica.
He has published in peer-reviewed journals as well as textbooks and has made significant advancements in the application of the eddy-covariance method. In Germany, Thomas Foken is responsible for the standardization of atmospheric in-situ measurement techniques. As a specialist for climate and climate change in Northern Bavaria, he is regularly invited to give lectures.
The numbers of citations are more then 23 500, the Hirsch index is 67.
Prof. Thomas Foken has been a nearly four-decade relationship with the Department of Meteorology Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He is external member and lecturer of ELTE Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences and Honorary Member of the Hungarian Meteorological Society.