Instruments and Methods
Training and Vacancies
Links to Partner
Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Affiliation: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Prof. Dr. Markus Rapp
Head of the Institute
Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre
The Institute of Atmospheric Physics investigates the physics and chemistry of the global atmosphere from the Earth's surface up to the upper boundary of the middle atmosphere at about 120 km height. As an institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) we answer questions associated with atmospheric processes and with relevance to the research programmes "Aeronautics, Space, and Transportation" and "Energy" of the Helmholtz Association (HGF).
Sustainable Aviation with the help of climate-optimized flight planning
Aviation plays an important role in the global mobility. However, it also alters the atmospheric composition and thereby contributes to climate change. In the light of developing sustainable aviation climate-optimized flight planning offers one possibility to mitigate aviation climate impact. A feasibility study on climate-optimized flight planning was performed within the European collaborative project REACT4C and has been awarded the Aviation Award 2014 by the Airport of Stuttgart. This study of scientists of the institute and other coauthors from the European project team has the title 'Reduction of air traffic contribution to climate change: a REACT4C case study'.
The ozone hole will be closed
On behalf of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), scientists of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics and other DLR instituts have contributed as lead-authors and reviewers to the current assessment of the evolution of the ozone layer in the stratosphere. Newest studies indicate that the ozone layer in the mid-21st century will have the same thickness as observed in the early 1980s.
A satellite-supported procedure to predict volcano ash
To support the safety of air transport and improve the air traffic system's response times in the critical event of a volcanic eruption, the identification of ash-free airspace is essential. At the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics, a satellite-supported procedure has been developed that rapidly determines the distribution of ash in the air and generates detailed images of areas with both heavy and light ash loads.
8th European weather radar conference successfully finished
Die European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology (ERAD 2014) took place 1-5 September, 2014 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany). The DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics organized this meeting together with the department of research and the president's office of the German Weather Service (DWD).
DEEPWAVE campaign - investigation of gravity waves in the atmosphere above New Zealand
For a number of nights between 29 June and 23 July 2014, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Falcon research aircraft will be flying over the New Zealand Alps (Southern Alps) to investigate how these waves propagate from Earth's surface up to an altitude of around 100 kilometres using modern laser metrology and other instruments. The results will help to improve climate and weather prediction models. The international aircraft measurement campaign DEEPWAVE (Deep Propagating Gravity Wave Experiment) is being carried out by the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics in cooperation with partners in the USA and New Zealand.
Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Experience science! Working at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (Video in German language)
more about the institute and its staff
more about current events
The weather in Oberpfaffenhofen
DLR electronic library (elib)
Earth System Modelling
Earth System Model Evaluation and Analysis
Atmospheric Trace Species
Copyright © 2019 German Aerospace Center (DLR). All rights reserved.