Welcome to the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Department Troposphere Research (IMK-TRO)

The institute deals adresses important scientific questions of the atmosphere and climate and carries out projects in close cooperation with other research institutions. It conveys basic knowledge about the atmosphere and the climate system to students of meteorology and other disciplines in its courses.Findings from research are among others presented in publications and research highlights on this website. In addition, the research results are made available for applications in politics, administration, business and for citizens.

 A. Fink, KIT, IMK-TRO
Is the planned "Great Green Wall" in the African Sahel sustainable ?

A new study involving Andreas Fink delineates natural limits for this ambitious project based on climate data.

 Fritz Waitz, KIT
Atmospheric research: small ice crystals with big impact

Researchers at KIT and the University of Vienna are investigating the influence of tiny atmospheric ice crystals in the earth's climate system.

 J. Handwerker, KIT
Ground based drop size measurements support polarimetric radar

As part of MOSES, IMK-TRO is pioneering a network of instruments to measure precipitation sorted by droplet size.

 Markus Breig, KIT
Tree and forest management under climate change

The appearance of our forests has changed dramatically. This project intends to assist sustainable forest management with high-resolution climate information.


 Martin Stengel
Podcasts Climate Change #2: The Mysterious Composition of Clouds.

2nd episode of the german-language podcast series titled "Contributions to Climate Research from Karlsruhe" with Prof. Corinna Hoose, IMK-TRO, has been released

 Andreas Wieser, KIT
From thunderstorms to heavy rain to periods of drought

Helmholtz initiative MOSES starts measurement campaign coordinated by IMK-TRO on hydro-meteorological extremes in the area of ​​the Swabian Alb.

 Quelle: Ittiz/wikimedia, CC BY-SA
What did windstorms look like 20,000 years ago?

During the Last Glacial Maximum, European windstorms were more frequent and associated with stronger winds and weaker precipitation than today.

EHW2021_Punge_PI.pngHeinz Jürgen Punge
Hail: Danger from the sky grows

Hailstorms cause severe damage - and as a result of climate change, they are expected to occur more frequently and more intensely in the future. To discuss the current state of hail research, the IMK-TRO hosted the 3rd European Hail Workshop from 15 to 18 March 2021.


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