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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.

PhD Seminar

(16 Jun 2021 13:00 web) Thorben Mense (IAP) FORMOSA: Theoretical Motivation and Technical Approach using the VAHCOLI Lidar System more

Institute Colloquium

(17.06.2021 10:15) Dr. Sivakandan Mani (IAP) Medium-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances more

EOS points on IAP publication

(29 Apr 2021) Remarkable noctilucent clouds over Northern Germany. "In summer 2019 the NLCs were so much abundant, long-lasting and bright... more


(13 Apr 2021) Distinguished Service Award for IAP director. Since 2004 Prof Franz-Josef Lübken is active in SCOSTEP... more

ROMIC-II started

(26 Feb 2021) Kick-off meeting of second phase of BMBF funded project. At 26 February 2021 the virtual kick-off meeting took place, ... more

Two Humboldt Fellows

(01 Dec 2020) Research and education in an international frame. The Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation is funding two postdocs who work now for two years at IAP... more

New SAW project at IAP

(26 Nov 2010) Leibniz Association funds study on four-dimensional structures. There is a new project at IAP - FORMOSA. This stands for... more

Two highlighted articles

(01 Oct 2020) IAP contributions on metal layers and gravity waves. Just two IAP contributions were mentioned in EOS... more

Visit of Peru's Ambassador

(09 Sep 2020) Global research and international relation. At September 9th the ambassador of Peru Elmer Schialer ... more

SIMONe in South America

(03 Jun 2020) Six months of MLT observations in Peru and Argentina with a new radar network. The mesoscale structures... more

Special Seminar

(13 May 2020) Scientific life under conditions of Corona. New solutions for the supervision of students... more