The research at the Leipzig university has a long tradition and goes back to the 19th century. Today, about 50 scientists are working at the Leipzig institute of meteorology. Organized in four professorships, we investigate versatile processes which are related to atmospheric changes.
We use climate and weather models and apply versatile measurement techniques to study processes which govern the weather and climate in the troposphere but also in the middle and upper atmosphere.
Our joint goal is a better understanding of the effects and processes of climate change, particularly in the Arctic region. Observational data from satellite-based, airborne and ground-based measurements are taken into account in our studies. We participate actively in national and international field experiments with instrumentation for passive and active remote sensing, and in situ measurements.
Regionally, close cooperations are maintained between our institute and:
Our five working groups work on our research focuses according to the working group-specific thematic orientation.
They pursue the common goal of understanding the effects of climate change especially in the Arctic.
Head: Dr. Matthias Tesche
Aerosol-cloud-precipitation-radiation-interactions (indirect aerosol effects)
Quantification of cloud life time
Retrieval of concentrations of cloud condensation nuclei and ice nucleating particles form spaceborne lidar measurements
Effects of aviation of clouds and climate
- Properties of Polar stratospheric clouds
Our institute is coordinating two national collaborative research projects and we are further involved in a number of national and international projects.
- DFG-Transregional Collaborative Research Centre TR 172 : Arctic Amplification: Climate relevant Atmospheric and surfaCe processes and feedback mechanisms (AC)3
- DFG-Priority Programme SPP 1294: Atmosphere and earthsystem research with the research aircraft HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft)
- DFG-Priority Programme SPP 2115 „PROM"
- DFG-Research Unit „VOLiMPACT"
- EU-Research Programme „FORCeS"
- EU-Research Programme „CONSTRAIN"
- EU-Research Programme „ACACIA”
- Marie Curie Innovative Training Network „iMIRACLI”
- BMBF-Project „ClimXtreme”
- BMBF-Project „AtMoDat”
- BMBF-Project „CHANCE"
- BMBF-Project „MAMiP"
We are further involved in a number of smaller research projects which are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Minestry of Education and Research (BMBF), the European Union (EU), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD):
- Working group Atmospheric Radiation
- Working group Meteorology of the Middle and Upper Atmosphere
- Working group Clouds and Global Climate
- Working group Remote Sensing and Arctic Climate System
- Working group Aerosols and Clouds
- Working group clouD and pRecipitation Observations for Process Studies (drOPS)