Helmholtz Association

Atmosphere and Climate Programme

The goal of this programme is to better understand the function of the atmosphere within the climate system. For this purpose scientists will carry out extensive measurements of atmospheric parameters, perform laboratory tests and create numerical models of processes that play an important role in the atmosphere.

Research focuses include high-resolution satellite measurements of tropospheric trace gases and studies of the role of the middle atmosphere within the climate system, the variability of biogenic emissions, and the use of atmospheric water isotopes for a better understanding of the water cycle.

The programme is divided into four topics: “Cloud and weather research”, “Land surface processes in the climate system”, “Tropospheric trace substances and their transformation processes” and “Composition and dynamics of the upper troposphere and middle atmosphere”.



Prof. Dr. Johannes Orphal

Programme spokes person Atmosphere and Climate

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Postfach 36 40
76021 Karlsruhe

Phone: +49 721 608-29120
Fax: +49 721 608-24742
johannes.orphal (at) kit.edu


"Taking the pulse of the planet"

Brochure of the Helmholtz Earth Observatory Network