The Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics scientific deals with the state and dynamics of the Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Magnetosphere System (ITM) and it´s driving by the Sun and by the lower and middle atmosphere. Within this research field, the Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics will focus on the study of Space Weather. Space Weather refers to conditions on the Sun and in the solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere that can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems and endanger human life. Space Weather is known to possibly lead to significant perturbations of modern communication and navigation systems and hence to increased risks on safety, economical loss, and reduced life quality. The Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics covers both basic and applied research on space weather. The aim is to protect national infrastructures and support affected industries through timely, accurate and reliable observations and forecasts.
Prof. Dr. Markus Rapp is director in charge of the institute during foundation and build-up.
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Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics