Location and infrastructure
The IAP is located a few kilometers south-east of the small town Kühlungsborn, a sea resort located at the Baltic sea approximately 24 km west of the harbor town Rostock. The IAP is located on the road between Kühlungsborn and Kröpelin on the north side of the small ridge called Kühlung. The geographical coordinates of the IAP are 54°07`N,11°46`E (see Contact for more details). The IAP operates three buildings: a new main building, the villa and a separate storage house. In these buildings there are offices, modern laboratories for experimental studies, a library, various meeting and class rooms, laboratories for lidar and radar instruments, a mechanical and electrical workshop and storage space. In the villa several small apartments are available, for example for students working at IAP during the summer holidays. IAP owns two guest apartments downtown Kühlungsborn for visiting scientists and as temporary accommodation for new students.
IAP also operates a site located on the island Rügen close to the small village Juliusruh (54°38`N,13°24`E). At this site there is a building for accommodation and for laboratories, a 3 MHz radar, a meteor radar, an ionosonde, and various small geophysical instruments. A detailed description of this site can be found under radar department.
In order to reach its scientific goals the IAP is intensively involved in the operation of a geophysical observatory - called ALOMAR - which is located at the edge of the Arctic (69°17`N,16°01`E), i. e. 2 degrees north of the polar circle. In 1993/94 the Norwegian government founded this modern observatory on the island Andoya in northern Norway in order to support scientific studies of the polar atmosphere. ALOMAR is located very close to the Andoya Rocket Range which is used since several decades to launch meteorological and sounding rockets for insitu observations in the upper atmosphere. The close proximity of ALOMAR to the rocket range allows to perform simultaneous and co-located measurements by ground-based and rocket-borne techniques. The instrumentation of ALOMAR is provided by several international institutions. The IAP is intensively involved in supplying and operating some of the most important instruments at ALOMAR. This allows the scientists at the IAP to study the upper atmosphere at Arctic latitudes with modern experimental techniques. More information about ALOMAR and the Andoya Rocket Range can be found under www.rocketrange.no.