Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research


In the field of tropospheric research, fundamental research on climate, water cycle and trace gas budgets are carried out. These atmospheric processes such as turbulence, convection, cloud formation, aerosol physics, precipitation formation and exchange processes on the Earth's surface by measurements and theoretical methods are examined in detail. The results are used in models of the atmosphere to represent and predict processes in the climate system or weather phenomena.

IMK-TRO is organized in working groups that cooperate closely with IMK-ASF, IMK-AAF, and IMK-IFU, other Helmholtz-Centers, Institutes at University of Karlsruhe as well as other national and international research institutes. These working groups use newest measurement techniques, partly developed by the IMK, in larger experiments. At the same time numerical weather prediction models are developed and applied.


Atmospheric Dynamics

Leader: Prof. Dr. Peter Knippertz

Cloud Physics

Leader: Prof. Dr. Corinna Hoose

 Markus Breig
Regional Climate and Weather Hazards

Leader: Prof. Dr. Joaquim Pinto

Aerosols, Trace Gases and Climate Processes

Leader: Dr. Bernhard Vogel

Regional Climate and Water Cycle

Leader Dr. Gerd Schädler

  Simone Scheer
Land Surfaces and Boundary Layer

prov. Leader: Dr. Jan Handwerker

Hagel Bermhard Mühr
Atmospheric Risks

Leader: Prof. Dr. Michael Kunz

Former working groups

Our BMBF- and HGF-funded joung investigator groups

 Aiko Voigt
Clouds and storm tracks

Leader: Dr. Aiko Voigt

Large-scale Dynamics and Predictability

Leader: Dr. Christian Grams