Welcome to KIT/IMK-IFU

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU), Campus Alpin, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Scientists at IMK-IFU investigate changes in the atmosphere, the water balance and the living conditions for vegetation and society in global climate change.

Investigating processes that influence the atmosphere is an essential basis for understanding climate change and developing strategies that help us to cope with the changing conditions.

The researchers on the KIT-Campus Alpin use measurements and modeling to investigate the bio-geochemical and physical processes responsible for the interaction of climate, vegetation, soils, and water availability, for example, in the emission or degradation of greenhouse gases in climate-sensitive regions such as mountain regions, arid regions, agricultural areas, and cities. For more than 65 years, research at the Institute has always focused on environmental topics of great complexity and high social relevance. Today, the Institute is concerned with the causes and effects of climate change; for example, the role of agriculture in Bavaria, the African Sahel or in Southeast Asia.

The IMK-IFU is active in projects and partnerships worldwide - because the global dimension of climate change and human influence on the environment requires that local environmental issues are also addressed in a global context.

News

Gruenes Getreidefeld DeutschlandGuy Pe'er
Artenvielfalt, Landnutzung und Klimawandel

Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth untersucht den Einfluss der Landnutzung und des Klimawandels auf terrestrische Lebensräume und die damit verbundene biologische Vielfalt. Weiterleitung zu science.org

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Verdienstorden des Landes Baden-WürttembergUli Regenscheit, Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg
Prof. Dr. Arneth awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg

Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth has been awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg for her research work on linking climate science and biodiversity. Forwarding to baden-wuerttemberg.de

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LidarVogelmann, KIT
Lidar aerosol measurements to evaluate environmental pollution

Lidar aerosol measurements by Dr. Hannes Vogelmann as part of the trans-European measuring network "Actris" show influences from Saharan dust up to an altitude of 5 km. Forwarding to Merkur.de

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Grünland LandwirtschaftPiatka, KIT
Ammonia emissions from liquid manure spreading

Researchers at Campus Alpin are investigating whether spreading liquid manure close to the ground on grassland results in significantly lower ammonia emissions compared to conventional methods, even at cool air temperatures. Forwarding to the ARD media library.

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Prof. Dr. H. KunstmannKunstmann, KIT
German Hydrology Prize 2024

Prof. Dr. H. Kunstmann from the IMK-IFU Campus Alpin receives the German Hydrology Award 2024 for his research on the topic of water as a resource: water availability, climate phenomena and modeling of hydrological processes.

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Bäume, AfrikaHorvath, AWI
Landscape classification and reforestation

Relationship between the success of reforestation projects in Africa and the quality of small-scale landscape ecosystem classification. Forwarding to sciencemediacenter.de

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GrastalJonas Zilius, KIT
Climate change in Europe

Consequences in Bavaria: longer and more frequent dry spells, stress on ecosystems and influence on economic developments. Interview with Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann. Forwarding to www.br.de

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BergblickCrossmedia, KIT
Increase in climate risks

Increasing extreme weather events and their consequences for the environment, the economy and social life. Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann on the regional effects. Forwarding to www.br.de

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Beschneite SkipisteMarkus Breig, KIT
Changing winters

Rising snow line, shorter snowfall periods, temperature increase of up to 4°C by 2050. Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann on winter climate change in the Alps. Interview from minute 06:30. Forwarding to DW Travel.

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