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Head of the Institute
Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Schmid



Helmholtz Research School

"Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions"


The Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK)
comprises four divisions: IMK-AAF, IMK-ASF, IMK-TRO and IMK-IFU more...




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

The atmospheric environment is the air we breathe ...

The terrestrial biosphere, hydrosphere and the atmosphere are highly dynamic compartments of the Earth system. All three compartments are tightly coupled and strongly interact in a complex way by the exchange of vast quantities of matter and energy. Research in this topic aims at understanding the interaction and feedback processes between soil, vegetation and the atmosphere (water, energy, biogenic greenhouse gases and VOCs) at high temporal and spatial resolution at regional scales. We specialize in observational and experimental approaches that are closely linked to process- and integrated modelling activities.




60th anniversary of IMK-IFU in 2014


IMK-IFU is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an "Open Day" at Friday, 18th July 2014.

A detailed program will be published soon.

The anniversary publication (in German, 6 MB) will give you an insight of the research work of IMK-IFU from 1954 until now.

Published in Lech-Isar-Land 2014, Heimatkundliches Jahrbuch des Heimatverbandes Lech Isar Land e.V., Fotosatz Mohrenweiser GmbH, Weilheim

A short outline of the current research work of IMK-IFU offers the flyer of IMK-IFU.

1st European Fully Coupled Atmosperic-Hydrological Modeling and WRF-Hydro Users Workshop


The primary objective of the Workshop is to create an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and experiences for the coupled atmospheric-hydrological modelers operating in the European and Mediterranean regions. A special focus will be on the new WRF-Hydro modeling system: modeling system updates will be presented, model development and issues will be discussed, and evaluations and applications of the model will be considered, also by means of a specific tutorial session.

June 11-13, 2014

Venue: "University Club" Hall at University of Calabria, Rende (Cosenza, Italy)

Benjamin Fersch and Harald Kunstmann from KIT/IMK-IFU, Garmisch-Partenkirchen as part of the workshop planning committee.

WRF-Hydro 2014
MICMoRs 1st "Spitzenforscherwerkstatt", July 16-17, 2014, Mt. Zugspitze


At the 1st MICMoR Spitzenforscherwerkstatt (Environmental Science Summit), Professor Dennis Baldocchi (U.C. Berkely, USA), Professor Sandy Harrison (University of Reading, UK) and Professor Peter Lemke (AWI Bremerhaven, Germany) - all reknown scientific experts in the field of climate change - will meet young researchers to share their knowledge, discuss relevant topics and establish contacts.

Venue: Schneefernerhaus, Mount Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Organisation: Elija B. Bleher, Petra Guppenberger (MICMoR Coordination Office at IMK-IFU)


detailed information at MICMoR-Homepage

Announcement Spitzenforscherwerkstatt
Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal 2014 of the European Geoscience Union (EGU)


Congratulations to our colleague Prof. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl!

He is the recipient of the Vladimir Ivanovic Vernadsky Medal 2014 of the EGU:


This medal has been established by the Division on Biogeosciences in recognition of the scientific achievement of Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky. It is reserved for scientists for their exceptional contributions to biogeosciences in general.” awardees


EGU announces 2014 awards and medals
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