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
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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.
The pressure in freezing cloud droplets rises until the ice shell cracks. These repetitive cracks are the source for small ice splinters which in turn may freeze further cloud droplets. With the help of thermography, internal pressures up to 170 bar could be detected.more
KIT scientists study the evolution of Saharan dust plumes near Karlsruhe in the atmosphere and at the ground with the goal to determine their properties and to validate forecast models.more
An open access database provides scientists and general public information on individual atmospheric ice crystals that were captured in their native environment using research aircrafts.more
KIT researchers assume development and management of the CIS Topical Center for the direct measurement of cloud processes - Part of the European research infrastructure ACTRISmore