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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.

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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