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University of Hamburg, Institute of Meteorology
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The Meteorological Institute of Hamburg University was originally founded in 1929 and - after the break of world war two - exists as a separate unit again since 1962. It is active in the fields of physics of the atmosphere in the widest sense and figures among the largest institutes in Germany for the education of students of meteorology. The close connection to the sea and to the science of the oceans was a speciality of Meteorology in Hamburg. This formed the basis for a number of successful sea-going expeditions with marine field work first in the tropics, later also in polar regions, which established the international reputation of the Institute.

Since the 1970s, the Institute - together with a number of other marine institutions of the Hamburg region - acquires substantial research funds in the frame of Sonderforschungsbereiche (Special Research Areas) of the German Research Foundation. Later, in view of the increasing environmental problems and the prospect of climate change, new areas of research and teaching developed: climate modelling, technical meteorology and remote sensing. Participation and work of its members in many national and international groups documents the importance of the Institute in these sectors; scientists take an active part in regulatory committees, in the field of technology transfer and in activities of public relations. The close neighbourhood of the German Climate Computing Centre with its main frame computers of highest capacity provides an extra bonus for scientists and students alike, giving to the latter the opportunity to acquire special know-how in the field of modelling and high level computing.

The experimental equipment of the department of technical meteorology, including several sophisticated wind tunnels, is unique in Germany. The Institute has taken an active part in founding the Centre for Marine and Climate Research (ZMK) at Hamburg University, of which it is a member since 1989. The Centre is a forerunner of a larger unit which will be formally established in summer 2000 and will include also the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology and the German Climate Computing Centre. The Meteorological Institute maintains close relationship to these - extra-university - institutions which is documented by common personnel, common scientific projects, common technical departments such as labs, a mechanical workshop and a common library, and by sharing rooms in the same building. Moreover, special relations exist with the GKSS Research Centre Geesthacht, since two of their directors are, simultaneously, full professors at the Meteorological Institute of Hamburg University. Clearly, the science of meteorology, but also the students of meteorology, significantly benefit from this highly interactive network.

results in other services

  • Cruise summary report (CSR)
  • Marine environmental research project (EDMERP)
  • European Cruise programmes (EuroFleets)
  • Ocean going Cruise programmes (POGO)

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Collating centre
German Oceanographic Datacentre (DOD)
Latest update
19 March 2008 9:43:01 AM