Atmospheric Aerosol Research (IMK-AAF)
Welcome to the department "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 ground-based and aircraft field campaigns around the world
The head of the division, Thomas Leisner, is professor at the Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Heidelberg
Eventsto event calendar
IMK-AAF contributed to field experiments in Iceland to investigate the mineral composition of Icelandic dust and its effects on climate. In the desert of Dyngjusandur/ Iceland airborne dust for ice nucleation experiments was collected.more
ECONOS 2020/2021, the annual meeting devoted to diverse topics in the field of nonlinear optical spectroscopy, is hosted by the Atmospheric surface-science (A.S.S) unit at IMK-AAF and held in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 26th to 29th September 2021.more
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports the development of the new research infrastructure ACTRIS-D. KIT will receive about 14 million Euros to establish new measurement facilities for cloud research, to significantly expand existing infrastructures and to equip them with state-of-the-art measurement technology.more
The CORAERO consortium will research the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses through bio-aerosol with the goal to develop new technologies for virus detection and inhibition.more
End of April 2021, the mobile cloud expansion experiment PINE started a two months period for continuous measurements of ice-nucleating particles (INPs) at the Košetice National Atmospheric Observatory in the Czech Republic.more
Many scientists from around the world have used the opportunity to virtually access the AIDA facility to do measurement campaigns in close collaboration with the local team. These activities are supported by the EU projects EUROCHAMP2020 and ATMO-ACCESS and allow use of the facility even if travelling is not possible.