Section Meteorology

Meteorology is devoted to the study of atmospheric processes that influence the Earth's weather and climate and has applications in weather and climate prediction, aerospace, agriculture, energy production, environmental research, and disaster management. The focus of the IfG Meteorology Section in Bonn is on climate dynamics and monitoring and statistical methods, radar remote sensing, boundary layer dynamics and observation, theoretical synoptic, and general meteorology and atmospheric dynamics. The meteorology section of the IfG is involved, among others, in the Collaborative Research Center 1502 DETECT, leads the BMBF joint project ClimXtreme and the Priority Program 2115 PROM as well as the Forschergruppe FOR 2589 RealPEP.

Education includes the B.Sc. Meteorology and Geophysics and the M.Sc. Physics of Earth and Atmosphere.

PrePEP conference 2025

The international conference on ‘Precipitation Processes - Estimation and Prediction (PrePEP)’ to be held 17-21 March 2025 in Bonn, Germany, will bring together scientists contributing with new approaches to improve the monitoring, understanding, nowcasting and prediction of precipitation processes. This includes advancements in integrated multi-sensor observations, their exploitation for parameterization developments, classical or AI-based Nowcasting techniques, microphysical retrieval development, data assimilation, the blending with numerical weather prediction, hydrological flood forecasts and warning strategies. Please visit the conference website for more information. Looking forward to seeing you in Bonn!

Science rally around Poppelsdorf

On January 27th, we participated with two stations in the science rally around Poppelsdorf. Under bright sunshine, over 300 students visited various scientific stations. At our stations, the  students had the opportunity to learn the differences between weather and climate. In addition to explanations about the topics and measurement methods, they could illustrate their learning  through experiments.

Wintry weather in Bonn

A wavy air mass boundary caused significant snowfall in Bonn and its surroundings this Wednesday. The air mass boundary moved very slowly, allowing precipitation to fall in the same location over an extended period. At the same time, there was a risk of freezing rain due to the weather conditions in southern Germany. The wintry weather will persist in our region until the weekend. The last time we experienced such large amounts of snow in our region was in December 2010.

Erasmus+ cooperation project

Last week, we launched our Erasmus+ cooperation project in Bonn and Cologne, which aims to present scientific findings on climate change in a way that is suitable for children. In this international project, we coordinate eight partner institutions from six European countries, including kindergartens, technical schools and youth centers from Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain. Our aim is to encourage even the youngest children to take a scientifically sound and sustainable approach to climate and climate change.

Our working groups

© Prof. Dr. Helmut Kraus

WG Theoretical Meteorology

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WG Climate Dynamics and Statistics

© Prof. Dr. Helmut Kraus

WG Remote Sensing

© Leonie Esters

WG Climate Monitoring

© NASA Worldview/Christoph Gatzen

WG General Meteorology

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