I had the honor to photograph and film the Hamburg-based shoegaze post-punk and dream-pop band Seasurfer
to help visualize and promote their new 4-track digital EP “Vampires”.
The release date is 4 August 2018 via Saint Marie Records. The shooting and filming with Seasurfer's mastermind Dirk Knight and singer Apolonia was awesome fun and
I have to admit that I love these new songs!
So here is Seasurfer's new song 'Into Dust' with our video. Enjoy Dirk's and Apolonia's angelic wall of sound and feel the passion!
In my main profession as a geoscientist, my OceanRAIN dataset, for which global ocean water cycle data were measured for seven years,
has now been published in Nature's Scientific Data.
Thanks to the rapidly growing dataset of already more than 6.8 million measurements, recorded by 8 ships,
a clear picture is now emerging of the evaporation and precipitation along the ship tracks.
The difference between these two parameters results in the freshwater flux – an essential parameter for climate models.
The data set allows for the first time a detailed calibration and validation of state of the art satellite data
and their products using OceanRAIN as the surface reference. OceanRAIN is therefore of considerable international
interest for the long-term verification and improvement of the algorithms and products of the new
Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite era. OceanRAIN also significantly improves our physical
knowledge of the global ocean water cycle. Researchers can now access the data online via the
Integrated Climate Data Center (ICDC)
and the World Data Center for Climate (WDCC).
May 2018: New edition of the LightYears book
The 2018 edition of my LightYears coffee-table book is now available!
It features a completely new Introduction section with information about me -- landscape photographer and scientific writer --
and the goals of my Lichtjahre project. Furthermore, the new book edition includes new images from my recent photographic tours,
for example, from Western Australia's amazing landscapes underneath the vault of the Milky Way. Have a
look into the book here!
You can order your personal copy for 69.95 € with the choice of getting either the English or German version.
Each image is accompanied by text describing the geology and features of the landscape pictured and contains all photographic
meta-data and technical details.
December 2017: OceanRAIN data set published
My work of the last 10 years culminated in the release of the OceanRAIN version 1.0 dataset.
The data is freely available at the World Data Center for Climate at the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ)
in three data subsets:
OceanRAIN—the Ocean Rainfall And Ice-phase precipitation measurement Network—provides in-situ along-track shipboard data of precipitation, evaporation and the resulting freshwater flux at 1-min resolution over the global oceans from June 2010 to April 2017. More than 6.83 million minutes with 75 parameters from 8 ships cover all routinely measured atmospheric and oceanographic state variables along with those required to derive the turbulent heat fluxes.
The precipitation parameter is based on measurements of the optical disdrometer ODM470 specifically designed for all-weather shipboard operations. The rain, snow and mixed-phase precipitation occurrence, intensity and accumulation are derived from particle size distributions. Additionally, microphysical parameters and radar-related parameters are provided.
Addressing the need for high-quality in-situ precipitation data over the global oceans, OceanRAIN-1.0 is the first comprehensive along-track in-situ water cycle surface reference dataset for satellite product validation and retrieval calibration of the GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) era, to improve the representation of precipitation and air-sea interactions in re-analyses and models, and to improve understanding of water cycle processes over the global oceans.
The image shows the ship tracks of the OceanRAIN data distribution for all eight research ships listed in (a), for the seasons (b), the years in which the data was collected (c) and the recorded precipitation type (rain, snow and mixed-phase) as well as true-zeros indicating where no precipitation occurred (d).
November 2017: Welt Newspaper article on LightYears and OceanRAIN
The German print and online newspaper Welt published an article about me,
my climate research project OceanRAIN and my landscape photography project Lichtjahre.
The article Die Vermessung des Regens auf den Ozeanen
(Measuring precipitation over the global oceans) is in German language. Many thanks to Patrick Kiefer for conveying my work to the broad public.
September 2017: Abendblatt Newspaper article on OceanRAIN
May 2017: Pastel-painting of my Icelandic image Crystal Grotto
Passionate painter Gabriele Henkel created this amazing large-size 120 cm x 90 cm pastel-painting of my Icelandic ice cave image The Crystal Grotto.
It will be displayed in June 2017 during a vernissage at the Frauenzentrum in Erfurt, Germany.
Many thanks to Gabriele Henkel for this great artwork! It is very inspiring and joyful for me to see one of my images as such a beautiful large-format painting!
April 2017: Image in Extraordinary Vision Magazine
It is a great honor having my images beautifying this album! I thank Dirk Knight for being part of this great piece of artwork and for all the inspirational conversations, great music and friendship.
I love this dreamy wall of sound and it provides me with unlimited energy to follow my photographic passion!
I would also like to thank singer Julia Beyer, who is also singer of German dreampop band Chandeen for adding that angelic touch to Dirks
January 2017: Article in Extraordinary Vision Magazine
I cordially thank Angelo Ioanides for making this possible and for the joyful time of writing the article.
June 2016: Online article on OceanRAIN at Geonova
Geonova, the Norway based geoscientist community, created to share information and knowledge about
geoscience published an article about my climate research project OceanRAIN - Increasing our knowledge
about oceanic precipitation.
"The geoscientist and photographer Dr. Christian Klepp from the University of Hamburg introduces OceanRAIN,
an international research project based in Hamburg, Germany. The project aims at measuring high-quality rain
and snowfall data onboard research vessels on the global oceans."
The value of OceanRAIN for the science community:
Precipitation, falling over the global oceans as rain, snow and mixed-phase, is among the most important
climate variables and a key player in the global water cycle. However, precipitation is notoriously difficult
to measure. To obtain precipitation maps with global coverage several times a day, only satellites can be used.
However, satellites do not measure precipitation but a radiation field that has to be converted into
precipitation using algorithms. Thus, the results depend on the algorithm applied.
The differing precipitation estimates produced by several international research centers call for independent
surface data for validation. This is where OceanRAIN comes into play being to date the only systematic long-term
shipboard precipitation data collection effort. OceanRAIN utilizes a unique measurement system: an optical
disdrometer that is specifically designed to measure onboard of ships under all weather conditions. Supplying
the research community with this instrumentation and data set, OceanRAIN contributes to:
> improve the understanding of microphysical properties of precipitation,
> increase the knowledge of precipitation statistics,
> validate satellite and model precipitation products,
> analyze the errors in the satellite algorithms,
> calibrate shipborne and spaceborne precipitation radars.
Many thanks to Hans Gebauer from geonova.no for making this possible.
The National Geographics book Stunning Photographs showcases my image
The Crystal Grotto.
Many thanks to National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths and Meredith Wilcox from National Geographic Books for making this happen.
December 2013: Junior magazine contribution
The German kids magazine Junior used the image
The Crystal Grotto to explain the world of glaciers to kids.
I would like to thank Andrea Burgstaller from Junior Medien for making this possible.
July 2013: Kids sticker book contribution
The Austrian supermarket chain Billa produced a sticker book for kids on the wonders of Earth and used my image
The Crystal Grotto.
February 2013: Globetrotter interview article
The Globetrotter portal 4-seasons
is featuring a LightYears interview with Christian Klepp
including an online gallery of 20 Lichtjahre photographies.
I want to thank Philip Baues for his nice interview and the fruitful cooperation.
January 2013: Photography Week magazine contribution
The Xposure Issue 14 of Photography Week magazine features the Icelandic icescape image
Thanks to Samantha Cliffe for the nice communication!
Both English and German language versions of the LightYears book are now available. They can be orderered through this webpage on the book page .
May 2012: Fotocommunity magazine interview
The May 2012 issue of the German photo magazine Fotocommunity Plus features a six pages interview with five images of LichtJahre.
The interview can be read as a pdf file.
The magazine is available in kiosks and bookshops throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
December 2011: Max Planck Institute strategic plan contribution
The Earth System components represented are Atmosphere, Land, Ocean, Cryosphere, Volcanoes and their interaction.
The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned institute for climate research. Its goal is to understand the changing climate of our Earth. The homepage and all three departments "Atmosphere, Land and Ocean in the Earth System" display LightYears header images.