We can't change the weather, but we can study it

We can't change the weather, but we can study it

Institute for Meteorology und Klimatology

The Institute for Meteorology and Climatology (IMUK) of Leibniz Universität Hannover was founded in 1949, after the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences had already recognized the importance of meteorology in 1927 and awarded a teaching contract. As a partner and point of contact for authorities and for industry, it performs important public tasks in the state of Lower Saxony and in Germany. Among the authorities, for example, are the German Weather Service, the Federal Office of Civil Aeronautics, the EU commissions, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the German Air Traffic Control.

In addition to an above-average IT infrastructure, the institute is equipped with two measuring fields, a roof platform, several laboratories and its own workshop. Including the students in the master's program and the scientific assistants, an average of 50 people belong to the institute. Today, the institute belongs to the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.

What is Meteorology?

Meteorology is a branch of physics and deals with the physical laws and chemical processes in the earth's atmosphere. Generally known are especially the application areas weather forecasting and climatology.

In the context of global problems such as climate change, water scarcity and the development of alternative energy sources such as sun, water and wind, meteorology represents one of the core disciplines of the future.


The IMUK is the only place in the federal state of Lower Saxony where a full course of study in meteorology is possible. In addition to the training offered in the subject of meteorology for students at the institute, there is a teaching offer for other subjects with meteorology as a minor. Furthermore, events are also offered in the context of public relations and adult education.


Research at the institute is carried out in 3 working groups and deals with current issues in applied meteorology and atmospheric physics on the topics of weather, climate and environment. Through numerous research projects and cooperations in the scientific and industrial environment, the institute is networked worldwide. In terms of third-party funding, the institute has raised seven times the budget volume in the past 14 years.

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