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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 80 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

(05.07.2022, 10:00, Lecture hall) Dr. Facundo Poblet (IAP) Helmholtz decomposition of a wind field in the MLT using Longitudinal and Transverse correlations from ......

Institute Colloquium

(29.06.2022, 10:00, Lecture Hall) Matthäus Mai (IAP) The radiative transfer gravity wave parameterization: A wave field approach for transient gravity wave parameterizations.

PhD Seminar

(29 Jun 2022, 13:00, Lecture Hall) Juliana Jaen: Long-term studies of the middle atmosphere at middle and high latitudes

Final Colloquium at IAP

(31 May - 02 Jun 2022) Research and results of SPP-1788 "Dynamic Earth". The Priority Program funded by DFG during the last 7 years... (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)...

Claudia Stolle becomes director of IAP

(01 Oct 2021) Ceremonial inauguration with many guests. On 1st October 2021, in the lecture hall of IAP with only 40 seats available, ... more

Physicist of the week

(20 Sep 2021) Introduction of Dr. Liliana Macotela by the German Physical Society. The DPG is running a Working Group on Equal Opportunities (AKC), ... more

Certificate berufundfamilie confirmed

(22 Jun 2021) At IAP family awareness is lived practise. Since 2014 the institute is certified with the audit berufundfamilie – ... more

Praxis test for VAHCOLI

(16 May 2021) Publication on innovative lidar system highlighted. The development of a new generation of lidars,...

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