Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, University Bonn, Germany, 1976. Master of Science in Meteorology, University Frankfurt, Germany, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, University Frankfurt, Germany, 1984.
Habilitation in atmospheric research, University Cottbus, Germany, 1998.
Assistant research scientist University Frankfurt, 1980-1984. Environmental consultant, project manager German Association for Technology Cooperation, Rio de Janeiro, 1984. Research associate, postdoctoral fellow Florida State University, 1985-1987.
Research scientist II Georgia Institute of Technology, 1988-1993, senior research scientist, 1993-1994. Principal research scientist German Weather Service, since 1994.
Married Mariamma Berresheim, August 1980. 1 child, Jessica.