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ATMO scientific speaker
Portrait Prof. Dr. Johannes Orphal

Prof. Dr. Johannes Orphal

Head of Institute IMK-ASF

Phone: +49 721 608-29121

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ATMO programme manager
Portrait Peter Bremer

Dipl.-Biologe Peter Bremer

Master of Technology

Phone: +49 721 608-28595

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ATMO scientific officer
Andrea Meyn

Dr. Andrea Meyn

Phone: +49 721 608-28366

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Portrait Bettina Bost

Bettina Bost

Phone: +49 721 608-28500

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Süddeutsches Klimabüro


Helmholtz Programme Atmosphere and Climate (ATMO)

FTIR at NDACC station Altzomoni, Mexico ©Thomas Blumenstock

Greenhouse at KIT Campus alpine in Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©Markus Breig

Circulation vectors derived from MIPAS mixing ratio distributions ©T. von Clarmann & U. Grabowski

Anvil cloud ©DLR

ICON ARTresults ©modelling group at IMK-ASF

Ash cloud ©B.Vogel

Plant in greenhouse at KIT Campus alpine in Garmisch Partenkirchen ©Arneth

TERENO Eddy covariance station ©Eckart

CARIBIC container ©Tropopause group at IMK-ASF

We investigate the role of the atmosphere in the dynamic climate system and its underlying processes.


ATMO research contributes to the understanding of

  • the long-term atmospheric composition change and associated climate change
  • the degradation of air quality


occuring in response to

  • increasing anthropogenic forcings (emissions, land-use change)
  • biosphere-atmosphere-climate feedbacks
  • interactions with changes in the water cycle


The Programme Atmosphere and Climate (ATMO) is embedded within the structure of the Helmholtz-Association. It is one of the five research programmes in the Helmholtz Research Field Earth and Environment that aims at understanding the System Earth to ensure that our planet remains ecologically stable and that the climate equilibrium is not knocked out of balance.

Funding provided through the Helmholtz programme is supplemented by third-party funding.




Stiftungsprofesur Joquim Pinto
New Endowed Professorship at KIT: Risks of Extreme Weather Events

Joaquim Pinto’s Research Focuses on Regional Climate and Weather Hazards – AXA Research Fund supports a new Chair at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research with EUR 1.8 Million

Cloud Physics: KIT Researcher Receives ERC Starting Grant

Corinna Hoose Will Study the Composition of Clouds in the Next Five Years – Relevant to Weather and Climate Models – European Research Council Provides Funding of EUR 1.5 Million

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Measurements carried out at KIT will determine the effect of soiled solar panels on the output of photovoltaic systems caused by deposited mineral dust.

Winemakers Lose Billions of Dollars Every Year due to Natural Disasters

A multidisciplinary European-Australian team of researchers led by Dr. James Daniell (KIT) examines the extent to which regions are affected by the risks and how climate change influences wine industry.