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Logo: Institute of Meteorology and Climatology /Leibniz Universität Hannover
Logo Leibniz Universität Hannover
Logo: Institute of Meteorology and Climatology /Leibniz Universität Hannover
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Institute of Meteorology and Climatology

What is Meteorology?

Meteorology is a subdiscipline of physics and deals with the physical regularities and chemical processes in the terrestrial atmosphere. Above all the areas of application of weather forecast and climatology are known in general.

In the context of global challenges like climate change, water shortage and the development of alternative energy sources like the sun, water and wind, meteorology represents one of the core disciplines of the future.

Institute of Meteorology and Climatology

Building of the Institute

The Institute of Meteorology and Climatology (IMUK) at Leibniz Universität of Hannover was founded in 1949 after the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences had already recognized the importance of meteorology in 1927 and a teaching forgave. It takes as a partner and point of contact for authorities and the industry with important public functions in Lower Saxony and in Germany. Here should be mentioned, for example, among the authorities the Deutscher Wetterdienst, the Luftfahrtbundesamt (Federal Office of Civil Aeronautics), the EU commission, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as well as the German air navigation services.

In addition to a superior IT infrastructure, the institute is equipped with two measurement sites, a roof deck , several laboratories and an own workshop. Including the master students and scientific assistants, on average 50 people belong to the institute. Today, the institute is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.

Teaching

The IMUK is the only place in the Federal State of Lower Saxony, where a full-time study in meteorology is possible. In addition to the educational offerings in a degree in meteorology to the students at the Institute, there is a range of courses for students of other fields of study with Meteorology as a minor subject. In addition, events in the context of public relations and adult education are offered.

Research

Research at the institute takes place in four working groups and covers current issues of applied meteorology and atmospheric physics on the topics of weather, climate and environment. Through numerous research projects and cooperation partners in the scientific and industrial environment, the institute is cross-linked globally. On third-party funding, the institute has raised seven times the budget over the past 14 years.