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Dec. 22, 2014 - 09:00
Bernhard Vogel

Dynamic aerosol in numerical weather forecast - nice to have or necessary?


Jan. 12, 2015 - 09:00
(1) Holger Mahlke, (2) Peter Knippertz

(1) METEO-CARD (2) Can we trust Climate Models to realistically respresent severe European Windstorms?

Jan. 12, 2015 - 11:00
Thomas Pander
KIT, Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK-AAF)

Laborexperimente zur Eismultiplikation

Jan. 13, 2015 - 15:00
Prof. Dr. Peter Hoor
Uni Mainz, Uni Mainz

What do airborne tracer measurements tell us about transport in the UTLS?

Jan. 19, 2015 - 09:00
(1) Andreas Fink, (2) Friederike Lott

(1) Do Large-Scale Equatorial Waves Modulate Regional Rainfall in Southern Vietnam? (2) DESERVE

Jan. 19, 2015 - 11:00
Thibault Hiron
KIT, Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK-AAF)

Results of cold stage experiments

Jan. 20, 2015 - 16:30
Prof. Dr. Alan Blythe, Prof. Dr. Ken Carslaw
University of Leeds

Inauguration of KIT- University of Leeds Partnership

Jan. 26, 2015 - 09:00
(1) Luisa Röhner, (2) Gabriel Hinze

(1) PANDOWAE-Mediterranean (2) Testflug der KIT-Sonde mit dem Forschungsflugzeug HALO

Jan. 26, 2015 - 11:00
Felix Bachmann
KIT, Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK-AAF)

Eiswachstum auf Feldspat

Jan. 27, 2015 - 16:30
Prof. Dr. Peter Hecker
TU Braunschweig, Institut für Flugführung

Titel folgt

Feb. 02, 2015 - 09:00
(1) Luke Hande, (2) Tobias Schad

(1) Titel wird noch bekanntgegeben (2) Titel wird noch bekanntgegeben

Feb. 03, 2015 - 15:00
Prof. Dr. Michael McIntyre
University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge

Titel folgt...

Feb. 09, 2015 - 09:00
(1) Isabelle Reichardt, (2) Samiro Khodayar-Pardo

(1) Simulationen unter der Verwendung von aktuellen heterogenen Eisnukleationsparametrisierungen (2) Predictability of High Impact Weather in the Western Mediterranean Region

Feb. 10, 2015 - 15:00
Dr. Claudia Mohr
Karlsruhe Institut of Technology, Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-AAF)

A mass spectrometric view of atmospheric aerosols: Exploring sources, formation mechanisms, and climate impacts with fast chemical composition measurements

Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:00
Nadine Hoffmann
KIT, Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK-AAF)



Aerosols, Clouds, and Atmospheric Chemistry

Welcome to the division "Atmospheric Aerosol Research" of the Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Our research focuses on the role of aerosols in the climate system, the hydrological cycle, and the environment.

  • operates the internationally renowned AIDA aerosol and cloud simulation chamber
  • runs laboratories for aerosol and cloud research
  • participates in field campaigns
  • performs numerical modelling of atmospheric aerosol processes

The head of the division, Thomas Leisner, is professor at the Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Heidelberg.



Research Infrastructure Project AIDA-2

The ongoing AIDA-2 project includes the construction of a new lab building, the renovation of the AIDA facility, the installation of an aerosol mass spectrometry lab, and the construction of a novel dynamic cloud chamber. Building construction and AIDA renovation are making good progress. Reopening of the AIDA facility is planned for September after the installation of a new liquid gas supply system.

Polar 6
Arctic Aircraft Mission

From April 23rd, 2014 until May 23rd, 2014 IMK-AAF participates in the RACEPAC campaign (http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~racepac/index.html) located in Inuvik and Tuktuyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Cloud experiments in Japan

For the first time, cloud researchers from the KIT AIDA team participated in laboratory cloud simulation experiments at the Meteorological Research Institute (MRI) in Tsukuba, Japan. From October 1- 11, 2013, they closely collaborated with Dr. Masataka Murakami and his team for ice nucleation studies at the MRI dymanic cloud chamber. These experiments nicely extend and complement ice nucleation studies which are performed within the DFG funded Research Unit INUIT (FOR 1525).

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Aerosol Simulation Web Site Released by IMK-AAF A web based version of the extensively validated detailed numerical aerosol process model COSIMA-F has been made freely available to the public. This code describes the structural properties and dynamical evolution of  ramified aggregates, e.g. freshly emitted soot, based on fractal scaling laws. However, it can also be operated like a conventional aerosol behaviour code when dealing with compact aerosol particles. Several entirely editable default scenarios are available. For more information or conducting your own simulations please visit the COSIMA homepage