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Friday, 14 Dec 2018 - 14:00

KIT Campus Nord, IMK-ASF

Lattice gas automata


Monday, 17 Dec 2018 - 10:30
Yvette Gramlich und Alice Keinert

Characterization of Anthropogenic Fractions in Secondary Organic Aerosol and Secondary Ice Production upon Freezing of Water Droplets in Airflow

Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018 - 15:00
Dr. Zamin A. Kanji
ETH Zuerich, Institute for Atmosphere and Climate Sciences

Aerosol particles as ice crystal seeds in the troposphere: From nano-pores to Clouds

Thursday, 20 Dec 2018 - 14:45
(1) Philipp Zschenderlein (2) Heike Vogel (3) Christian Grams (4) Lukas Muser


Friday, 21 Dec 2018 - 14:00
Hanna Guggenberger
KIT Campus Nord, IMK-ASF

Titel folgt!

Monday, 07 Jan 2019 - 11:00
Junwei Song

Impacts of regional transport and atmospheric reactions on gaseous organic pollutants over the South China Sea.

Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 - 14:45
(1) Carmen Babic (2) Linda Schneider (3) Florian Ehmele (4) Peter Knippertz


Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019 - 16:45
Dr. Hanna Joos

Importance of cloud microphysics for extra-tropical dynamics

Thursday, 17 Jan 2019 - 14:45
(1) Jonas Straub (2) Alexander Reinbold


Thursday, 17 Jan 2019 - 15:45
Dr. Juan Pedro Mellado
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany

Small-Scale Turbulence in Planetary Boundary Layers: Recent Advances and Standing Challenges

Friday, 18 Jan 2019 - 14:00
Dr. Wolfgang Woiwode
KIT Campus Nord, IMK-ASF

Mesoscale fine structure of a tropopause fold over mountains

Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 - 15:00
Prof. Trude Storelvmo
University of Oslo, Norway, Department of Geoscience

Mixed-phase clouds and climate: from small-scale understanding to large-scale impacts

Thursday, 24 Jan 2019 - 11:00
Julia Kaufmann

Investigation of ice nucleating particles in a boreal environment during winter spring transition

Thursday, 24 Jan 2019 - 14:45
(1) Bianca Adler (2) Peter Vogel (3) Philipp Gasch (4) Andreas Fink


Friday, 25 Jan 2019 - 14:00

KIT Campus Nord, IMK-ASF

ESA's Copernicus Programme - An overview

Monday, 28 Jan 2019 - 11:00
Magdalena Vallon

Installment of the AIDA light source and results of first tests

Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 - 15:00
Dr. Joe Galewsky
University of New Mexico, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

The Drunkard's Search: Constraining lower-tropospheric mixing with stable isotopologues of water vapor

Friday, 01 Feb 2019 - 14:00
Birgit Hassler

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Tuesday, 05 Feb 2019 - 16:45
Dr. Pierre Camberlein
Departement de Geographie/Centre de Recherches de Climatologie, Universite de Bourgogne, Dijon, France

In the heart of (climate) darkness: rainfall variability in Central Africa, uncertainties and advances

Thursday, 07 Feb 2019 - 14:45
(1) Leonhard Gantner (2) Jonas Hesemann (3) Marcus Breil (4) Benjamin Buldmann


Friday, 08 Feb 2019 - 14:00
Birgit Hassler

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Aerosols, Clouds, and Atmospheric Chemistry

Welcome to the division "Atmospheric Aerosol Research" of the Institute of 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.



First MOSES campaign on heat waves near Jülich

MOSES is a novel flexible observing system of the Helmholtz Association specifically designed to investigate the interactions of short-term events and long-term trends. The events in focus are heat waves, hydrological extremes, ocean eddies and permafrost thaw. A first measurement campaign on heat waves took place in July 2018 near Jülich studiing soil moisture, ground - atmosphere exchange processes, and the distribution of atmospheric aerosol particles. Focus of our contribution was the determination of aerosol particle and cloud spatial distributions using a new 3D scanning aerosol LIDAR. This work will improve our understanding how aerosols, extrem weather, and climate change interact.

Bolivia campaign – particle nucleation and urban influence at 5240 masl

Aerosol particle nucleation and urban influences are studied at the Chacaltaya GAW Station (CHC) in the Bolivian Andes (16°21.014'S, 68º07.886'W, 5240 masl). The Chacaltaya mountain directly faces a plateau of 3800 masl in the south and west and is separated from the Amazon basin by higher peaks in the north and east. Research groups from La Paz, Stockholm, Helsinki, Innsbruck, Granada, Leipzig, and Karlsruhe combine their instruments to characterize the aerosol from November 2017 to June 2018. Focus of our contribution is the molecular composition of gas- and particle phase on the mountain and in the La Paz – El Alto metropolitan area.

HyICE - Aerosol-cloud studies in Hyytiälä

Aerosol-cloud interaction is a first time focus of a field campaign at the SMEAR-II station in Hyytiälä, Finland. The campaign is led by the Department of Physics of the University of Helsinki, with contributions of 8 research teams from Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. From March to May 2018, IMK-AAF is measuring aerosols and ice nucleating particles with newly developed instruments. The measurements have now successfully been started and will last until mid-May, in order to cover the transition from winter to early summer conditions and to assess the contribution of new particle formation and biosphere activity to the INP abundance in the boreal forest area.

Aurora Australis
MARCUS - Southern Ocean Boundary Layer Aerosol in Focus

The Measurements of Aerosols, Radiation, and Clouds over the Southern Ocean (MARCUS) field campaign is acquiring comprehensive observations of aerosols including cloud condensation nuclei and ice nucleating particles in the Southern Ocean boundary layer. The second ARM Mobile Facility is currently installed on the Australian Antarctic supply vessel Aurora Australis as it routinely travels between Hobart and the Antarctic. MARCUS has a strong link with the SOCRATES campaign targeting on clouds in the Southern Ocean and their connection to air-sea exchange processes. IMK-AAF is participating in MARCUS by monitoring the biological aerosol with the WIBS4 instrument.

MARCUS Campaign Description
SOCRATES - Southern Ocean Clouds in Focus

A research project called the Southern Ocean Clouds, Radiation, Aerosol Transport Experimental Study (SOCRATES) is currently conducted in Tasmania, Australia. The US research aircraft NSF/NCAR HIAPER is deployed to unravel the secrets of clouds over the Southern Ocean. These clouds are frequently misinterpreted by current climate models, and in-situ investigations like SOCRATES play a vital role in enhancing modeling and forecasting capabilities in this area. The IMK-AAF is providing cloud microphysics measurements with the PHIPS probe. 

SOCRATES Project Overview
IMK-AAF welcomes AvH Postdoctoral Research Fellow

In September 2017, Dr. Nsikanabasi Umo joined IMK-AAF following his prestigious Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award. His work will focus on understanding the ice nucleation abilities of combustion and other aerosol particles at mixed-phase and cirrus cloud conditions. During October he is leading first experiments with the worldwide unique AIDA Cloud Simulation Chamber at IMK-AAF.

Nsikanabasi Umo obtained his PhD in 2014 from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, in the field of Atmospheric Sciences. He is grateful to the AvH Foundation, Germany, for the award, which he considers a golden opportunity for his career advancement.

KIT International also welcomes Nsikanabasi Umo as new AvH Fellow.

Characterisation of Urban Aerosol in Stuttgart

In July and August 2017 we participated in a joint research project on the three-dimensional observation of atmospheric processes in cities (3DO) by dedicated characterisation of the urban background aerosol in the Rosenstein Park in downtown Stuttgart, Germany. This study allows the combination of very detailled meteorological observations with comprehensive characterisation of aerosol chemistry and physics.

Three-dimensional Observation of Atmospheric Processes in Cities
 AIDA Scheme
20 Years Aerosol and Cloud Research with AIDA

On May 22nd, 1997, our institute celebrated the formal opening of the new aerosol and cloud chamber facility AIDA. After about two years of construction and technical runs, the first scientific campaign started on May 11th, 1997, and investigated heterogeneous chemistry on soot aerosols. Since then, a number of 5 to 10 campaigns was conducted every year, covering topics of trace gas chemistry, heterogeneous chemistry, aerosol formation, aerosol optical properties, polar stratospheric cloud formation as well as formation, growth, morphology and radiative properties of ice crystals in tropospheric clouds. The aerosol-cloud research with AIDA is also the topic of a recent KIT podcast (in German). We are grateful to all our national and international collaboration partners who contributed and still contribute to many of the AIDA campaigns.

HDO/H2O isotopic fractionation in simulated cirrus clouds

The first experimental determination of HDO/H2O isotopic fractionation factors for ice deposition in simulated cirrus clouds for temperatures betwen 190-233 K could be achieved in the AIDA aerosol and cloud chamber (Lamb et al., PNAS 2017). In collaboration between the University of Chicago, PTB, and KIT unique measurement techniques for water isotopes were developed and applied for dedicated cirrus cloud simulation experiments. A detailed box model analysis including wall effects resulted in equilibrium fractionation factors and kinetic isotope effects with a weaker temperature dependence than extrapolations of previous work suggested. These results are fundamental for inferring processes on Earth and other planets from water isotopic measurements.

View from Jungfraujoch Research Station
Measurements at the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch

During the INUIT-CLACE campaign in January and February 2017, international teams collaborate at the Jungfraujoch Research Station (3571 m, Switzerland) to investigate aerosol-cloud processes and cloud microphysics in the mixed-phase cloud regime. KIT contributes single particle mass spectrometer measurements of aerosol particles and cloud ice residuals, as well as measurements of ice nucleating particle (INP) concentrations by taking aerosol filter samples for later offline INP analysis with an immersion freezing method.

Integration of European atmospheric simulation chambers in the new EUROCHAMP-2020 infrastructure project

Between December 2016 and 2020 the EU invests ~9 Mio € to further integrate 16 simulation chamber and 4 calibration facilities. This includes the AIDA aerosol and cloud chamber facility of KIT. Trans national access to these facilities is substantially supported. For details contact us or see: www.eurochamp.org.

Ice active nucleation cites successfully identified on K-Feldspar

Scientists of IMK-AAF, in cooperation with researchers of the KIT Laboratory of Electron Microscopy (LEM) and University College London (UCL) have succeeded in identifying the unique features on K-Feldspar responsible for its high ice nucleation efficiency. As reported in Science magazine (DOI: 10.1126/science.aai8034), they combined electron microscopy observations with molecular modeling to determine for the first time the atomic nature of this important inorganic ice nucleating particle. They showed that ice starts to grow on the specific crystal faces with (100) orientation that only occur at defects (steps, cracks, and crevices) on the surface of feldspar particles.

Maiden flight of KIT developed instrument onboard the US NCAR C-130

The KIT in-house development PHIPS-HALO was chosen as the only non-US instrument to participate in the NSF funded airborne campaign ARISTO taking place in Colorado, USA. ARISTO is a unique platform for testing innovative and novel technologies in the field of atmospheric research. This year’s platform, the C-130, is well-known for its capabilities to do research flights under harsh conditions. The first flight of the campaign was performed targeting ongoing forest fires in the Rocky Mountains area. The flight was a success for the whole payload and especially for the KIT PHIPS-HALO.

Environmental Award 2015 of the Sparkasse Karlsruhe-Ettlingen received by Natascha Savic

She received the award for her Master thesis “Influence of biodiesel fuel composition on morphology and microstructure of particles emitted from Diesel engines”. Her results are expected to be useful for the development of after treatment devices and the understanding of the atmospheric behaviour of soot particles as well as their health effects.  (http://www.umweltstiftung-karlsruhe.de/sparkassen-umwelt-preis)

Field campaign to compare AeroTram data with results of stationary measurements near Leopoldshafen

AeroTram findings of unexpected high annual averaged particle number concentrations near Leopoldshafen are investigated in a joint effort by IMK-TRO and IMK-AAF. A measurement container equipped with various gas and particle sensors including most advanced mass spectrometers is deployed near Leopoldshafen to identify the nature and potentially the origin of the high particle concentrations observed by the instrumented AeroTram (http://www.aero-tram.kit.edu/).


The scientific research at AAF is part of the exhibition "GLOBALE: Exo-Evolution" at Center for Art and Media (ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany). From 31.10 2015 to 28.02.2016 two exhibits, “High speed video recordings of freely levitated freezing droplets” and “Ice crystals growing on feldspar mineral in electron microscope” can be seen in the ZKM, Atrium 8+9. The exhibits show high resolution video recordings of microphysical processes responsible for nucleation and growth of ice in atmospheric clouds. The exhibition opening takes place on Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

KIT GRACE student contributes to FIN03

During September 2015, U.S. and German teams of atmospheric ice nucleation research collaborate at the Storm Peak Laboratory, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to intercompare methods for sampling ice nucleating particles from ambient air. This activity called FIN03 is the final major experimental activity within the Fifth International Ice Nucleation Workshop (FIN). The KIT PhD student Thea Schiebel is participating in this activity as part of her 3 month visit to the Colorado State University which is supported by the KIT Graduate School for Climate and Environment (GRACE)