Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research

Department Troposphere Research

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research

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.

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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.

Willis Re launches new South African hail risk model

Willis Re has launched a new Hail Catastrophe Risk Model which quantifies the risk from damaging hail events across South Africa. Developed in collaboration with Willis Research Network partners at IMK-TRO and NASA’s Langley Research Centre, the model delivers a robust view of hail risk for the (re)insurance market.

 American Meteorological Society
Does air pollution reduce rainfall in southern West Africa?

New study by Pante et al. warns that further increase of human emissions could endanger water resources.

 C. Hoose
Excellent Teaching in the BSc and MSc Programs of Meteorology

Lectures and exercises received excellent grades from the students and teaching awards from the KIT faculty of physics.

The dark side of dust

Mineral dust transport causes dimming of the sky and stained cars. Does it also affect our electricity production?

 Philipp Gasch
How does the wind blow above a mountain range?

How does the wind blow above a mountain range?

 ECMWF, iLexx / Stock / Getty Images Plus, KIT
Dr Christian Grams appointed ECMWF Fellow

The prestigious fellowship will allow close collaboration with colleagues at ECMWF in research on weather forecasting on sub-seasonal time scales.

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Artificial intelligence helps to verify processes in NWP and climate models

A novel diagnostic demonstrates how deep learning may advance our fundamental understanding of processes on the weather time-scale.

Webinar: Wind research in complex terrain with Doppler lidars

Three researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technologies in Germany share their findings collected during some of the most recent and advanced complex wind measurement campaigns.


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