Profile of HIGRADE participants

profile_photo_Daniel Hertel
Name: Daniel Hertel (Germany)

Department Urban and Environmental Sociology

Flag Germany
Research topic

Quantitative partitioning of the energy contributions to urban heat island in different urban climate zones

At UFZ since

August 2015

How did you learn about the UFZ?

Because of a friend from the university of leipzig who has worked on his Bachelor/Master thesis at the Department of "Hydrosystemmodellierung"

Why did you come to the UFZ?

To make my PhD in a very interdisziplinary surrounding and use the good research facilities and connections at the UFZ. Furthermore, the UFZ has a good name as scientific institution so that I hope to improve my personal development.

What do you like about the city you live in?

Although it is a relative big city, everywhere you can find vegetation and relaxation areas. Another positive point is that you have a very compact city centre with, in my opinion, a very pleasant shop structure. Also, leipzig is a growing city with lots of young people so that you can find a big amount of interesting acquaintances.

How do you like it at the UFZ / in HIGRADE?

Up to now I don't know everything because I am here for just a month. But what I have seen so far, I think it is a very enjoyable working atmosphere. Additionally, it is very exciting to get insight in different research disciplines.

Personal information ("what else to do", etc.)

I was born on February 11, 1991 in Werdau a small town in the southwest of saxony. Towards school I began my meteorology studies at the university of leipzig until the master thesis. After finishing, at the beginning of 2015, I worked as scientific assistant at SUSOZ and made an application for a DBU scholarship which I achieved succesfully. Therefore my PhD studies have been starting since august 2015.


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