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Dr.-Ing. Christof Gromke

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Gruppe: Gebäude- und Umweltaerodynamik (LGU)
Sprechstunden: nach Vereinbarung
Raum: 104, Geb. 10.63
Tel.: +49 721 608-47307
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Forschungsinteressen und Werdegang

Research Areas

  • Building and Environmental Aerodynamics
  • Urban Climatology and Meteorology


Specific Research Interests

  • Flow and turbulence in and above plant canopies
  • Pollutant dispersion in the urban environment
  • Wind erosion (soil and snow) and sheltering effect of vegetation
  • Vegetative climate change adaptation measures for urban heat islands




Selected Publications

Gromke, C., Jamarkattel, N., Ruck, B. (2016) Influence of roadside hedgerows on air quality in urban street canyons. Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 139, pp. 75-86 (DOI)

Gromke, C., Blocken, B. (2015) Influence of avenue-trees on air quality at the urban neighborhood scale. Part II: Traffic pollutant concentrations at pedestrian level. Environmental Pollution, Vol. 196, pp. 176-184. [DOI]

Gromke, C., Blocken, B. (2015) Influence of avenue-trees on air quality at the urban neighborhood scale. Part I: Quality assurance studies and turbulent Schmidt number analysis for RANS CFD simulations. Environmental Pollution, Vol. 196, pp. 214-223. [DOI ]

Gromke, C., Blocken, B., Janssen, W., Merema, B., van Hooff, T., Timmermans, H. (2015) CFD analysis of transpirational cooling by vegetation: Case study for specific meteorological conditions during a heat wave in Arnheim, Netherlands. Building and Environment, Vol. 82, 16 [DOI]

Gromke, C., Horeneder, S., Walter, B., Lehning, M. (2014) Snow particle characteristics in the saltation layer. Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 60, pp. 1-9 [DOI]

Burri, K., Gromke, C., Graf, F. (2013) Mycorrhizal fungi protect the soil from wind erosion: A wind tunnel study, Land Degradation and Development, Vol. 24, pp. 385-392. [DOI]

Gromke, C. (2011) A vegetation modeling concept for Building and Environmental Aerodynamics wind tunnel tests and its application in pollutant dispersion studies, Environmental Pollution, Vol. 159, pp. 2094-2099. [DOI]

Gromke, C., Ruck, B. (2009) On the impact of trees on dispersion processes of traffic emissions in street canyons, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, Vol.131, pp. 19-34. [DOI]

Gromke, C., Buccolieri, R., Di Sabatino, S., Ruck, B. (2008) Dispersion study in a street canyon with tree planting by means of wind tunnel and numerical investigations - Evaluation of CFD data with experimental data, Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 42, pp. 8640-8650. [DOI]

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Professional Career and Activities 

  • Dipl.-Ing. Civil Engineering with focus Structural Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany (2004)
  • Research assistant at Institute for Hydromechanics, University of Karlsruhe, Germany (2004-2008): PhD thesis - Pollutant dispersion in urban street canyons with avenue-trees (2008), www.codasc.de
  • Research associate at Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland (2008-2012): Wind tunnel and field studies of snow/soil atmosphere exchange processes
  • Research fellow (Marie Curie) at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands (2012-2014): Numerical simulation of flow, pollutant dispersion and climate change adaptation measures in the built environment
  • Research assistant at KIT Institute for Hydromechanics, group: Laboratory for Building- and Environmental Aerodynamics (2014- ): Storm damages in forest stands, interaction between extreme gusts and forest edges