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.

The research aircraft Polar 5 together with the research vessel Polarstern near Longyearbyen /Svalbard. Photo: Alfred Wegener Institute / Thomas Krumpen (CC-BY 4.0)
The research aircraft Polar 5 flies over the research vessel Polarstern during a stopover on Spitsbergen (2015). Photo: Alfred Wegener Institute / Thomas Krumpen (CC-BY 4.0)
The research aircraft Polar 5 together with the research vessel Polarstern near Longyearbyen /Svalbard. Photo: Alfred Wegener Institute / Thomas Krumpen (CC-BY 4.0)

Research Profile

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:

Ice floes in the Arctic. Photo: Dr. Marlen Brückner / Universität Leipzig
Arctic expedition spring 2017 with the research vessel Polarstern. Photo: Marlen Brückner / Universität Leipzig
Ice floes in the Arctic. Photo: Dr. Marlen Brückner / Universität Leipzig
Arctic expedition spring 2017 with the research vessel Polarstern. Photo: Dr. Marlen Brückner / Universität Leipzig

Research Focuses

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: Prof. Dr. Manfred Wendisch

  • Role of clouds and surface properties for Arctic Amplification
  • Interactions of radiative energy fluxes and cloud evolution
  • Identification and effects of phase transitions in clouds
  • Improvement of passive remote sensing - spectral and directional 

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Head: Prof. Dr. Christoph Jacobi

  • Arctic Amplification
  • Global Climate Change
  • Dynamics of the thermosphere/ionosphere system
  • Coupling processes of atmospheric layers

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Head: Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas

  • Arctic amplification
  • Parameterisation of cloud processes in climate models
  • Satellite observations
  • Global climate change

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Head: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Heike Kalesse-Los

  • Arctic amplification
  • Microphysics, dynamics, and radiative impact of clouds
  • Synergystic profiling with remote sensing instruments for atmospheric research
  • Atmospheric retrieval algorithm development

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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

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HALO with nose boom flying through convective clouds. Photo: Manfred Wendisch / Leipzig University
Cloud research with HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft). Photo: Manfred Wendisch / Leipzig University
The measuring tip of a sensor of the HALO ("High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft") protrudes into a cloud formation. Photo: Manfred Wendisch/University of Leipzig
Cloud research wit HALO ("High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft"). Photo: Manfred Wendisch / Universität Leipzig

Research Projects

Our institute is coordinating two national collaborative research projects and we are further involved in a number of national and international projects.

  • Elucidating the role of clouds-circulation coupling in climate (EUREC4A)
  • Dynamics, Aersosol, Cloud and Preciption Observations in the Pristine Environemt of the Soutern Ocean (DACAPO-PESO)
  • Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC)

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