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.


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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Wasserdampf in der AtmosphäreAmadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Höhenverteilung von Treibhausgasen

Dr. Rer. Nat. Hannes Vogelmann uses LIDAR to measure the height distribution of aerosols and water vapor on the Schneefernerhaus. Interview from Minute 01:40. Forwarding to Klimawandel meistern.

WaldMarkus Breig, KIT
Threat to tree species worldwide

Habitat fragmentation and land use change threaten 65% of tree species in the Atlantic rainforest, 43% of tree species worldwide and 82% of regional tree species. Forwarding to mdr.

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FabrikgebäudeCrossmedia, KIT
New record for carbon dioxide emissions

Interview with Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth on CO2 emissions and the use of natural resources and strategies to lower emissions through ecosystem management. Forwarding to Tagesschau.

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Personengruppe SPS WorkshopHarald Kunstmann, KIT

KIT and ICPAC Join Forces to Spotlight Early Warning Systems and Introduce SPS Blue Nile at COP28. Forwarding to the BMBF initiative GRoW.

Globusmodus media/Dominika Rogocka mit einem Foto von Markus Breig/KIT
World Climate Conference

Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann: "Early warning systems for all are a contribution to greater climate justice".

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NiederschlagskarteLuca Glawion, KIT
High-resolution precipitation maps using AI

Researchers at KIT have used deep learning to improve both the spatial and temporal resolution of coarse precipitation maps for the first time.

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Mobilfunkturm WestafrikaChristian Chwala, KIT
Water management: Better rain measurements in West Africa thanks to mobile phone network

Researchers at KIT Campus Alpin are using data from the mobile phone network to create rainfall maps in West Africa in order to improve flood forecasting in the data-poor region.

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Wind- und Wasserkraftanlagen im Gebirge (Schweiz)Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Discussion on the energy transition in the Oberland up to the year 2035

Expert panel and panel discussion on the Oberland energy transition (EWO), which envisages the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energies by 2035. Forwarding to Merkur.

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