Over East Asia flutters a butterfly ...

The heat was unprecedented: in the summer of 2021, the western U.S. and western Canada suffered from scorching sun.

Mole_Ghana_2_rdax_1024x633_98s.jpgFrank Neidl, KIT
WASCAL/CONCERT Mole National Park station setup 2023 (Ghana)

Setup of Eddy-Covarianz-Station to measure emission of greenhouse gases in Ghana

MICOS_samples_teaser_rdax_98s.jpgSebastian Vergara Palacio
The hard core of clouds - Cloud-ice crystals

For outstanding teaching in the Introduction Week for international first-year students in the MSc Meteorology and Climate Physics

SWABIAN MOSES 2023 Teaser_rdax_98.pngAndreas Wieser
Thunderstorm observation from the first cloud to hail damage

IMK-TRO leads Swabian MOSES measurement campaign to study thunderstorms and heavy precipitation around the Black Forest region

pi_actris_eric_Markus_Neumann_rdax_98s.jpgMarkus Neumann
ACTRIS officially recognized worldwide by EU regulation

The European Commission has awarded the ACTRIS (Aerosol, Clouds and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure) research infrastructure its ERIC status.
The IMK-AAF is leading the topical center "Cloud in-situ" for the direct measurement of cloud processes, together with colleagues from the Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig and the Sonnblick Observatory (Geopshere Austria), Vienna.

2023_029_Klima- und Biodiversitaetskrise duerfen nicht isoliert betrachtet werden.jpgAnastasiya Sultanova, KIT
Considering the Connections between Biodiversity and Climate Crisis

New overview study provides solutions for mitigating climate change and species loss

LSDP_Grams_Teaser_rdax_98.pngQuinting, Julian (IMK)
Wie warm conveyor belts die Hitzewelle 2021 in Nordamerika beeinflussten

Warm conveyor belts that occurred in conjunction with low pressure systems over the North Pacific influenced the forecast for the record-breaking heat wave in western North America during the summer of 2021.

The Portuguese wildfires in 2017 as multivariate high-impact weather event

Compound weather and climate events: the analysis of the October 2017 wildfires in Portugal and implications for end user guidance

20220716-KH-02-001_Ausschnittt_rdax_1024x633_98s.jpgKira Heid, KIT
Hannes Vogelmann and the laboratory on Germany's highest mountain

The story describes how the KIT scientist uses lasers to monitor the atmosphere.

1053Fabian Mockert
Using weather regimes to better predict Dunkelflauten in Germany?

Periods of low wind and solar power output in combination with cold temperatures can stress the energy system.

20220314-MB-01-131_Ausschnitt_rdax_1024x633_98s.jpgMarkus Breig, KIT
Climate change and skiing

Harald Kunstmann gives information and an outlook in the ZDF interview.

2022_104_Klimaforschung Praezisere und effizientere Wettervorhersagen_1_72dpi.jpgAmadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Climate Research: More Precise and Efficient Weather Forecasts

Julian Quinting from KIT Receives ERC Starting Grant - ASPIRE Project Increases Reliability of Weather Forecasts and Reduces Computational Costs and Energy Consumption

AAF_News_ICEFELD_rdax_1024x744_98.pngKIT / Alexei Kiselev 
FWF and DFG approve funding of Austrian - German research project ICEFELD

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and DFG has approved funding of a bilateral Austrian - German research project “Ice-nucleation activity of alkali feldspar in aerosol” (ICEFELD). This highly interdisciplinary project combining geo-materials science, atmospheric ice formation research, and computational physics will be carried out in collaboration between the cloud microphysics research group at IMK-AAF and University of Vienna.

IMPACTS_2023Emma Järvinen (KIT)
Chasing winter storms

A three-year long science program, IMPACTS, is launching it’s final phase to improve snowfall prediction. Advanced remote sensing and in-situ instruments will fly over the eastern seaboard to identify key processes and improve forecasting. The study aims to increase understanding of snowband formation and the microphysical characteristics of snow particles, thus improving prediction and public safety.

AI_network_earthDWD/Jannik Wilhelm
Better weather forecasts thanks to artificial intelligence?

KIT researchers and members of national weather services discuss new "playground" to explore the benefits of machine learning in weather forecasting.

Evolution_idealized-cycloneBehrooz Kesthgar
Interaction between clouds and radiation affects extratropical cyclones

Cloud radiative heating and cooling have a substantial impact on the dynamics and predictability of an idealized extratropical cyclone.

Wolken_AtmosphärenforschungMarkus Breig, KIT
Atmospheric Research: 10 Years of Successful Use of Passenger Aircraft for Measuring Air Composition

Long-term Research Project with KIT Participation Presents Successful Results.

Collage_HighlyCited_ResearchersKIT; Georg Kronenberg
"Highly Cited Researchers" from KIT

Six KIT Researchers Are Among the Most Cited Scientists Worldwide This Year

Christian Scharun wins South German Science Slam Championships

With his victory at the South German Championships, Christian Scharun qualified for the German Science Slam finals.

HGF-challenge_KIT_Swabian-MOSESSusanna Mohr
Helmholtz Challenge

Understanding natural hazards and being better prepared for them.

HGF_klimaresiliente-StadtDavid Marschalsky
How we make our Cities fit for the Future

HELMHOLTZ CLIMATE INITIATIVE: Parliamentary Evening "The Climate Resilient City"

Inntal_TEAMxNevio Babic
Tributary outflows in the Inn Valley during the TEAMx pre-campaign

Coupling two KITcube Doppler wind lidars enabled a novel perspective of tributary valley outflows during stable nighttime conditions

treibhausgas-monitoring_20220511-MB-01-002-1_rdax_1200x675sMarkus Breig, KIT
Atmospheric research: Better greenhouse gas monitoring for Germany

With the help of a monitoring system, sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in Germany are to be better recorded and monitored in the future.

atmosphaerenforschung_kit_rdax_1200x675sAmadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
KIT among the Top 100 in the World in Eleven Disciplines

KIT performs well in the U.S. News University Ranking 2022-2023 - seven top places nationally

Time for Change

Pilot project at IMK-TRO to realize more equal opportunities and appreciation of diversity

PaCE_stationKIT/Alexander Böhmländer
Investigating ice-nucleating particles in a sub-Arctic region

Skywalker UAVs are used to sample ice-nucleating particles (INPs) up to 2 km, aiming to better understand the difference between ground-based and cloud-level INP measurements.

Messkampagne_Jordanien_Okt-2022Martina Klose
On the track of the secret of giant dust particles

Unprecendented international field campaign in Jordan starts.

klimaforschung-AfrikaMarlon Maranan
Tracking the Weather: Climate Research in Africa

With its climate research in Africa, KIT makes valuable contributions to flood protection and the preservation of the rainforest.

Mara-ostafrika_rdax_1200x675sRicky Mwanake, KIT
Climate Crisis: African inland waters underestimated as sources of greenhouse gases

KIT researchers investigate seasonal influence of African streams and rivers on greenhouse gas emissions

COMPASS Mentoring Program

A new Helmholtz Mentoring Program aimed at postdocs and science managers in the research field Earth & Environment will start in January 2023. Applications are open from 19 September.

StratosphärenballonMichael Höpfner, KIT
Atmospheric Research: Stratospheric Balloon launched in Canada

KIT researchers support ESA satellite preparations by measurements at an altitude of 36 kilometers

How dangerous is heat for trees?

Heat waves with extreme temperatures and droughts will no longer be rare in the future. Humans and the environment must learn to adapt to these conditions. Nadine Rühr explains how trees react to the heat.

RinderherdeKlaus Butterbach-Bahl, KIT
Heat stress in North Africa: Ensuring milk production with goats and camels

Switching from cattle to camel and goat farming promotes more sustainable and ensured milk production in the arid regions of Northern Africa

https://www.kit.edu/kit/31121.phpAmadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Between Sky and Earth: Open House at Campus Alpin

For 68 years, the KIT Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research in Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been researching urgent climate and environmental issues

2022_067_Klimawandel und Landnutzungsaenderungen beguenstigen Hochwasserereignisse_1_72dpiDominik Kuhn
Climate change and land use changes favor flood events

Current studies on the flood disaster in the Eifel region in 2021 and on the future development of such extreme events

2022_053_Wolken spielten wichtige Rolle in der Klimageschichte_72dpiIMK-TRO
Clouds have played an important role in climate history

Global models show a significant influence of clouds on the evolution of the Earth's climate and the evolutionary conditions of life

2022_044_Klimaforschung_Ultrafeinstaub koennte Wetterextreme verursachen_72dpiBodenbender
Climate Research: Ultrafine Particulate Matter Could Cause Weather Extremes

KIT Researchers Verify Global Increase of Ultrafine Particles from Exhaust Fumes of Fossil Fuels and Warn of Significant Weather Effects

2022_042_Junger Klimaforscher aus dem KIT gewinnt FameLab Deutschland_72 dpiSarah Jonek/Bielefeld Marketing GmbH
Young Climate Researcher from KIT wins FameLab Germany

Christian Scharun convinced both jury and audience with his presentation and won the national final of the science competition

2022_037_Hannover Messe 2022_Digitalisierung und Nachhaltigkeit zusammen gedacht_72dpiMarkus Breig, KIT
Hannover Messe 2022: Digitalization and Sustainability Considered in One Context

KIT Presents Innovative Technology Developments at the Two Main Booths in the "Future Hub" and at "Energy Solutions“

2022_009_Landnutzung-Plaedoyer fuer einen gerechten Artenschutz_72dpiMarkus Breig, KIT
Land Use: Plea for a Fair Protection of Species

A Study with KIT Participation Sheds Light on the Conflict of Goals between Biodiversity and Food Security in Land Use

Environmental Research: Plant Growth in the Anthropocene

In a meta-study, KIT researchers are investigating how plant growth reacts to the anthropogenic greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and ozone in the atmosphere.

2021_111_Leibniz-Preis fuer Almut Arneth_72dpiGabi Zachmann, KIT
Leibniz Prize for Almut Arneth

KIT ecosystem researcher receives Germany's most important research prize - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize honoured with 2.5 million Euros

Comments on the coalition agreement

The new German government begins its work today. Climate policy is to play a more important role in the future. But what are the climate policy goals of the coalition agreement between the SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and FDP? Four statements by scientists from centres of the Helmholtz Climate Initiative. 

Collage_Highly-Cited-Researchers_2021_rdax_1200x675KIT; Georg Kronenberg; privat
"Highly Cited Researchers" from KIT

Seven KIT researchers are among the most cited scientists worldwide this year. Evaluation from 2010 to 2020.

A Clock without a Cuckoo - The Black Forest in Climate Change

When the climate changes, it is also affecting the weather. Hans Schipper from the South German Climate Office explained at TEDx KIT how one is connected to the other and what all this has to do with the cuckoo. 

Staubemission-in-Island_Nsikanabasi_Umo_rdax_1200x675Nsikanabasi Umo, KIT
Climate research: Effects of dust from a cold desert

International field campaign investigates emission, transport and composition of dust in Iceland

2021_074_Biodiversitaet_Landnutzung als Bedrohung und Chance fuer Hummeln_72dpiPenelope Whitehorn, KIT
Biodiversity: Land Use – Threat to and Opportunity for Bumblebees

KIT Researchers Investigate the Effect of Land Use Changes on European Bumblebee Species under a Changing Climate

Messballons-vor-Abflug_rdax_1200x675Hans Nordmeyer, IMK-ASF/KIT
Atmospheric Research: Balloon Measurement Campaign in Sweden

KIT Researchers and Partners jointly investigate Relationships in the Earth System in High Air Layers

2021_073_Bessere Vorhersagen fuer Luftqualitaet, Wetter und Klima_72dpiMarkus Neumann
Better Forecasts for Air Quality, Weather, and Climate

Atmospheric research in Germany significantly expanded with ACTRIS-D - KIT extends its capabilities to solve current climate issues

forschungsflugzeug-HALO_rdax_1200x675Emma Järvinen, KIT
Atmospheric research: Ice clouds warm the Arctic

Scientists use the HALO research aircraft to study the climate impact of cirrus clouds.

Verwüstung Bad MünstereifelBernd März, Unwetter-Freaks
Flood Risks Were Significantly Underestimated

CEDIM presents report on flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia - Damages could exceed ten billion euros

Andreas Fink, Christian Grams, Julian Quinting: Severe weather in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate

"The current event is beyond any previous observations for many parameters. The very high amounts of precipitation in a short period of time, the relatively large area affected, and the high discharge rates of small and medium-sized streams as well as rivers are extreme."

Kleine_Eiskristalle_AtmosphärenforschungFritz Waitz, KIT
Atmospheric research: Small ice crystals with a big effect

KIT and the University of Vienna Researchers Investigate the Influence of small Atmospheric Ice Crystals in the Earth's Climate System

Swabian MOSESMelissa Körlin, KIT
Jannik Wilhelm, Michael Kunz, Andreas Wieser: The Swabian MOSES Team on the hail storm in the Neckar valley

With several thousand lightning strikes, hail up to five centimeters in diameter and heavy rainfall, which led to numerous flooded roadways and flooding of smaller rivers, a heavy hailstorm passed over southern Germany on 06/23/2021. 

CAIRT Laila Tkotz
Atmospheric Research: The CAIRT Satellite Concept Selected as a Candidate for "Earth Explorer 11”

ESA Has Selected Four Candidates for a New Earth Observation Satellite – KIT’s Proposal Focuses on Changes in the Earth's Atmosphere.

2020_109_Klimawandel verschlimmert Biodiversitaetsschwund_72dpiAlmut Arneth
Almut Arneth: Climate protection, biodiversity and social justice must be thought of together

We need to think climate protection and environmental protection together. Measures that focus solely on climate protection, for example, can also have a negative impact on biodiversity and society.

atmosphaerenforschung-20200722-CN-04-070_rdax_1200x675.jpgAmadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Shanghai Ranking: KIT on Top Positions

Atmospheric Research, Energy Management, and Metallurgy at KIT in Global Comparison. Five subjects rank first in Germany.

KlimaresilienzHarald Kunstmann, KIT
More climate resilience through improved seasonal forecasts

More precise seasonal meteorological predictions for water-scarce regions by statistical methods from KIT help decision makers to mitigate the local consequences of climate change.

PIKarina Winkler, KIT
Global Land-use Changes Larger than Estimated

KIT researchers verify with the help of a new set of maps that land-use changes are four times larger than previously assumed

2021_041_kitcube_rdax_1024x576_98Andreas Wieser, KIT
From Thunderstorms to Heavy Rain to Droughts

Research alliance launches measurement campaign relating to hydro-meteorological extremes in the Swabian Jura.

A350Thorsten Gehrlein
Airbus A350 Becomes a Research Aircraft

In the IAGOS-CARIBIC research infrastructure coordinated by KIT, a 1.7-ton measurement laboratory is used in the cargo hold of a converted passenger aircraft.

10th anniversary of the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA)

The European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) celebrates its 10th anniversary on 10 March 2021. Interview with climate researcher Peter Braesicke, Chair of the Alliance.

EHW2021_Punge_PI_rdax_98.pngPunge, Heinz Jürgen
Hail: Danger from the sky grows

Hailstorms cause severe damage - and as a result of climate change, they are expected to occur more frequently and more intensely in the future. To discuss the current state of hail research, the IMK-TRO hosted the 3rd European Hail Workshop from 15 to 18 March 2021.

SchneefernerhausHannes Vogelmann, KIT
Ozone Decrease due to Corona Lockdown

KIT shows a record decrease of seven percent in the free troposphere with infrared measurements at Zugspitze.

Protecting and Managing Forests with AIDominic Hohlbaum/ Triebfeder
Protecting and Managing Forests with AI

KIT and EDI GmbH Develop Intelligent Assistance System for Forest Management under a Changing Climate – New Interactive Video of the Series “Sachen machen mit KI”

StarkregenWolfgang Bader
Climate Change: Protection against Floods

IT researchers study the effects of heavy rainfall in southern Germany to develop recommendations for municipalities.

Cloud ObservationMarkus Breig, KIT
Leading Role of KIT in Cloud Observation

KIT Researchers Set Up and Manage the Topical Center CIS for Direct Measurement of Cloud Properties – Part of the European Research Infrastructure ACTRIS