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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

(07.12.23, 10:00, Lecture Hall) Kesava Ramachandran (IAP) Investigation of mesospheric instabilities: Direct Numerical Simulations and Observations

URSI Awards for IAP contributions

(25.08.2023) Two prizes were awarded to IAP early career scientists for their contributions to the XXXVth URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in Sapproro...

Visit of Minister Bettina Martin

Minister Bettina Martin from the Ministry of Science, Culture, Federal and European Affairs visited IAP on 18th July 2023.

Open Day 2023

(13.05.2023) A successful event

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.

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