to the website of the Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics e.V. at the Rostock University (IAP). The Institute has been founded in 1992 and is member of the research association 'Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (WGL)'. The institute is located near the Baltic Sea resort Kühlungsborn and owns a separate site on the island Rügen, close to Juliusruh. In addition IAP is a major partner of the ALOMAR observatory in northern Norway. As associated institute of the Rostock University it is part of the teaching programme in physics. A total of about 90 persons is employed at IAP. The institute realizes an equal-opportunity and family-friendly human resource policy and is certified with the audit "berufundfamilie" ('career and family').

The Leibniz-Institute is one of the German main centers for Middle Atmosphere research and operates active cooperations with several international research organizations. The most important scientific topics at IAP are

  • exploration of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere
  • coupling of atmospheric layers
  • long-term changes in the middle atmosphere

The aims of the IAP are described in the Scientific Framework Program.

Man-made NLC Trend


(18.07.2018) AGU press release on IAP paper. Anthropogenic influences change the visibility of noctilucent clouds... more

Physicist of the Week


(17 Jul 2018) Dr. Kathrin Baumgarten was elected by the DPG. The Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft / German Phsical Society (DPG) runs a Arbeitskreis Chancengleichheit / Working Group Equal Opportunity (AKC)... more

Reliable staff aware


(27 Jun 2018) Certificate on audit berufundfamilie confirmed again. It is about compatibility of profession and family, ... more

Successful PMWE Starts


(19 Apr 2018) News from the sounding rocket project. The first campaign of the PMWE project... more

Targetted Funding approved


(18 Jan 2018) Start for VAHCOLI. To measure three-dimensional wind and temperature up to 100 km altitude with Doppler lidar... more

13th LPMR Workshop


(22 Sep 2017) International scientific meeting at IAP. Layers are found near the mesopause in about 90 - 100 km height... more

New administration head


(07 Sep 2017) Inauguration of Diploma economist Caren Schmidt. Since August 2017... more

Research transfer funded


(07 Sep 2017) 1.5 Mio. Euro for the five Leibniz Institutes in the Northeast. For transfer of research and technology in regional networks... more

EOS Research Spotlight


(15 Aug 2017) Two IAP papers in the center of attention. The identification of wave patterns in lidar and radar observations of the middle atmosphere... more

Physik-Journal Cover


(04 Jul 2017) ALOMAR at the cover and IAP in extensive reports. Atmospheric physics was the topic of the Physik-Journal's July issue, ... more