Fakultät Informatik

Dr. Marc Rautenhaus


I have moved to Universität Hamburg. The information on this website may be out of date. Please go to my  <current website at Universität Hamburg>.

Topics of Research

I am investigating different aspects of visualization in meteorology, in particular focussing on interactive 2D and 3D visualization methods for ensemble weather forecast data. I am interested in both technical and perceptual issues of using interactive and 3D visualization for meteorological data analysis in weather forecasting and meteorological research. The main software framework for our research is Met.3D, a novel meteorological visualization package I developed during my Ph.D. project (see below and see our page on  visualization of numerical (ensemble) weather predictions).

How to get in Touch




+49 89 289 19480


+49 89 289 19462




Technische Universität München
Informatik 15 (Computer Graphik & Visualisierung)
Boltzmannstrasse 3
85748 Garching bei München

ECMWF forecast data visualized with Met.3D


I am the creator and lead developer of the meteorological 3D ensemble visualization software "Met.3D", a new software package that facilitates interactive 3D visualization of numerical ensemble weather predictions and other meteorological simuation and observation data. The software is actively developed at our chair and plays a central role in the DFG collaborative research centre " Waves to Weather".

Met.3D website:  https://met3d.wavestoweather.de
open-source repository
:  https://gitlab.com/wxmetvis/met.3d

I have also created the "Mission Support System", a Web Map Service based visualization tool that is used for weather forecasting and flight planning during aircraft based atmospheric research campaigns. I develop and maintain the software in cooperation with colleagues from the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt.

MSS documentation:  https://mss.readthedocs.org
open-source repository
:  https://bitbucket.org/wxmetvis/mss


to appear

Visualization in Meteorology - A Survey of Techniques and Tools for Data Analysis Tasks
M. Rautenhaus, M. Böttinger, S. Siemen, R. Hoffman, R.M. Kirby, M. Mirzargar, N. Röber, R. Westermann
 IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, (to appear), author manuscript,  doi:10.1109/tvcg.2017.2779501

The North Atlantic Waveguide and Downstream Impact Experiment
A. Schäfler, G. Craig, H. Wernli, P. Arbogast, J. D. Doyle, R. McTaggart-Cowan, J. Methven, G. Rivière, F. Ament, M. Boettcher, M. Bramberger, Q. Cazenave, R. Cotton, S. Crewell, J. Delanoë, A. Dörnbrack, A. Ehrlich, F. Ewald, A. Fix, C. M. Grams, S. L. Gray, H. Grob, S. Groß, M. Hagen, B. Harvey, L. Hirsch, M. Jacob, T. Kölling, H. Konow, C. Lemmerz, O. Lux, L. Magnusson, B. Mayer, M. Mech, R. Moore, J. Pelon, J. Quinting, S. Rahm, M. Rapp, M. Rautenhaus, O. Reitebuch, C. A. Reynolds, H. Sodemann, T. Spengler, G. Vaughan, M. Wendisch, M. Wirth, B. Witschas, K. Wolf, T. Zinner
 Bulletin American Meteorological Society, (to appear),  doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0003.1




 Visual Analysis of Spatial Variability and Global Correlations in Ensembles of Iso-Contours
F. Ferstl, M. Kanzler, M. Rautenhaus, and R. Westermann
 Computer Graphics Forum, 35: 221–230 (EuroVis 2016)



 GPU based interactive 3D visualization of ECMWF ensemble forecasts
M. Rautenhaus, C. M. Grams, A. Schäfler and R. Westermann
 ECMWF Newsletter, 138, 34-38, 2014

 Planning of aircraft measurements within a warm conveyor belt
A. Schäfler, M. Boettcher, C. M. Grams, M. Rautenhaus, H. Sodemann, H. Wernli
 Weather, 69(6), 161-166, 2014



 Thin and subvisible cirrus and contrails in a subsaturated environment
M. Kübbeler, M. Hildebrandt, J. Meyer, C. Schiller, Th. Hamburger, T. Jurkat, A. Minikin, A. Petzold, M. Rautenhaus, H. Schlager, U. Schumann, C. Voigt, P. Spichtinger, J.-F. Gayet, C. Gourbeyre, and M. Krämer
 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 5853-5865, 2011

 Airborne observations of the Eyjafjalla volcano ash cloud over Europe during air space closure in April and May 2010
U. Schumann, B. Weinzierl, O. Reitebuch, H. Schlager, A. Minikin, C. Forster, R. Baumann, T. Sailer, K. Graf, H. Mannstein, C. Voigt, S. Rahm, R. Simmet, M. Scheibe, M. Lichtenstern, P. Stock, H. Rüba, D. Schäuble, A. Tafferner, M. Rautenhaus, T. Gerz, H. Ziereis, M. Krautstrunk, C. Mallaun, J. F. Gayet, K. Lieke, K. Kandler, M. Ebert, S. Weinbruch, A. Stohl, J. Gasteiger, S. Groß, V. Freudenthaler, M. Wiegner, A. Ansmann, M. Tesche, H. Olafsson, K. Sturm
 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 2245-2279, 2011


 In-situ observations of young contrails – overview and selected results from the CONCERT campaign
C. Voigt, U. Schumann, T. Jurkat, D. Schäuble, H. Schlager, A. Petzold, J.-F. Gayet, M. Krämer, J. Schneider, S. Borrmann, J. Schmale, P. Jessberger, T. Hamburger, M. Lichtenstern, M. Scheibe, C. Gourbeyre, J. Meyer, M. Kübbeler, W. Frey, H. Kalesse, T. Butler, M. G. Lawrence, F. Holzäpfel, F. Arnold, M. Wendisch, A. Döpelheuer, K. Gottschaldt, R. Baumann, M. Zöger, I. Sölch, M. Rautenhaus, and A. Dörnbrack
 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, 9039-9056, 2010

 Aerosol layers from the 2008 eruptions of Mount Okmok and Mount Kasatochi: In situ upper troposphere and lower stratosphere measurements of sulfate and organics over Europe
J. Schmale, J. Schneider, T. Jurkat, C. Voigt, H. Kalesse, M. Rautenhaus, M. Lichtenstern, H. Schlager, G. Ancellet, F. Arnold, M. Gerding, I. Mattis, M. Wendisch, S. Borrmann
 Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 115, D00L07, 18 PP., 2010


 Interactive 3D visualization of ensemble forecasts
M. Rautenhaus
Ph.D. thesis,  Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany, 195pp., 2015



Bachelor and Master thesis in the following areas:
- A remote rendering system for point cloud data (in collaboration with industry)

- Deep learning for improved weather forecasting

- Learning trajectory clustering using neural network
- Learning Level-of-Detail representations for point clouds

- In collaboration with partners from industry, we have a number of thesis topics available in the area of point-based rendering, geo-localization using public data, scene fusion from different viewpoints. If you are interested, please contact  westermann(at)tum.de


- One PhD position on   Turbulence Visualization is available at the Computer Graphics & Visualization group.