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.

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

Third ROMIC status seminar


(12 May 2017) Update in Kühlungsborn after three years run time. From 18th to 19th May about 60 scientists came together at IAP... more

Joint Young Scientist Meeting


(10 May 2017) Young scientists from two projects joint at IAP. Two days full program for the twenty doctor students and postdocs... more

Long Night of Sciences


(27 Apr 2017) IAP boost at the Institute of Physics at Rostock University. Near to the sky - this was the place of the IAP... more

Open House


(30 Jan 2017) Something between happening and extra seminar - hand-crafted rockets, highly sensitive laser technique, ... more