The Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics starts the new year with full power: The researchers of the optical sounding department were able to land two projects at once.
Under the title DEFINE ("Density Field in the MLT"), the institute in Kühlungsborn is preparing a rocket launch in the coming months in cooperation with partners from Norway and Sweden. Together they want to measure parameters in the mesosphere and the lower thermosphere and to make statements about the radiation balance. The rocket is scheduled to start from Andøya, Norway, in 2025. The project is funded with 3 million euros by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK).
Together with scientists from the University of Greifswald, the institute is also working on a novel lidar method to observe dust particles from meteors in the middle atmosphere. The German Research Foundation is providing 300,000 euro tot he institute for this project. This research project will strat in June 2023.