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The Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Rostock (IAP) conducts research in physics of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere in close collaboration with national and international partners. Besides studying specific processes in this region, our research also connects to climate change and to the role of atmospheric forcing on space weather.

IAP’s scientific and experimental work integrates into the following main research themes:

  • Exploration of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere
  • Coupling of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere to atmospheric layers below and above
  • Long-term changes in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere and adjacent regions

IAP is a member of the Leibniz Association. The institute is located near the Baltic Sea resort Kühlungsborn, it operates a branch station at Juliusruh on the Rügen island, and it is a major partner of the ALOMAR observatory in northern Norway. As an associated institute of the University of Rostock it forms an integral part of the teaching program at the Institute of Physics. Together with about 70 employees the institute has a clear approach to an equal opportunity and family-friendly human resource policy and is certified by the audit "berufundfamilie" ('career and family').

Institute Colloquium

(01.06.23, 10:00, Lecture Hall) Jan Maik Wissing (University of Rostock) Particle-induced atmospheric Ionization

Institute Colloquium

(25.05.23, 10:00, Lecture Hall) Markus Kunze und Tarique Siddiqui (IAP) Recent advancements with UA-ICON

Institute Colloquium

(23.05.2023, 10:00, Lecture Hall) Nicholas Pedatella (NCAR, USA) Impact of strong and weak stratosphere polar vortices on the middle and upper atmosphere

Open Day 2023

(13.05.2023) A successful event

Institute Colloquium

(11.5.23, 10:00, Lecture Hall) Laura Holt (NWRA) Constraining gravity wave parameterizations: Combining observations with high-resolution modeling studies

Institute Colloquium

(09.05.2023,10:00, Lecture Hall) Robert Pfaff (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Structured High Latitude Electrodynamics more....

Open Day at IAP

On Saturday, 13.05.2023 from 13:00 to 17:00 in the Leibniz Institue of Atmospheric Physics 

Visit by Leibniz President

On 4th April 2023 Prof. Dr. Martina Brockmeier, the President of the Leibniz Association, visited the IAP.

The IAP was successfully evaluated!

(21.03.2023) The Senate of the Leibniz Association recommended to the federal and state governments to continue funding the IAP as an institution for research and scientific infrastructure.

Institute Colloquium

(02.03.2023, 10:00, Lecture Hall) Dr. Erich Becker (NWRA) Multi-step vertical coupling and secondary gravity waves after the Tonga eruption 

The sky is not the limit

(6.1.23) Inaugural lecture of Prof. Dr. Claudia Stolle met with great interest

Rocket launch planned

(4.1.23) Funding for two research projects with international collaborations.

Neuer Laser

(2. 1. 2023) Small, modern device to replace 13-year-old laser.

EULIAA: Research on EU project

(6.12.2022) Researchers from Kühlungsborn develop mini laser for use in the snow

Conference Report

(29.11.2022) First conference on "Integrated Earth System Research" addresses novel challenges

MAARSY3D in Norway

(10.11.2022) Receiving system from LOFAR/Astron measures echoes from MAARSY

T-FORS: EU funded project

(27.10.2022) Institute researches disturbances in the atmosphere / Funds from Horizon Europe program

Solar eclipse in the atmosphere

(25.10.2022) 35-percent occultation over Juliusruh / Wandering ionospheric disturbances investigated

Research in northern Norway

(24.10.2022) Radars measure up to 1,500 meteors per hour / Citizens provide land

Schoolgirls experience science up close

(18.10.2022) Action for equal rights at Kühlungsborn Institute / Girls launch weather probes

Award for Director

(12.10.2022) Prof. Claudia Stolle honored for scientific work / Research on upper layers of the atmosphere

2nd place in paper award

Dr. Priyanka Ghosh won a "Young Scientist Award" as well as second place in the "Young Scientist Best Paper Award" at this year's Kleinheubach meeting.

Farewell to Prof Lübken

(24 Jun 2022) Celebratory colloquium with numerous guests. The long-standing director of IAP, Prof Franz-Josef Lübken, ... (mehr)

"Dynamic Earth" colloquium at IAP

(02 Jun 2022) Final colloquium highlighting the research and results of DFG Priority Project 1788... (mehr)

Girls Day

(28 Apr 2022) Inform, excite, encourage. Under the headline "A day as atmospheric researcher" the IAP participated... (mehr)

Noctilucent Clouds @ Patagonia

(24 Jan 2022) Unexpected observations with the IAP camera network. There was big surprise on January 24th in Patagonia (southern Argentina)...