Studies
Before Studies

Before Studies

  • What is Meteorology?

    METEOROLOGY IS PHYSICS OF THE ATMOSPHERE

    Meteorology is the physics of the atmosphere. Therefore, the study of meteorology is not to be understood as a continuation of weather and climate science from geography classes, which merely describes the processes in the atmosphere with words. Rather, the aim is to understand the processes observed in the atmosphere by means of physical laws and equations and to investigate their causes. So, if you are thinking about studying meteorology, you should have a sympathy for physics and mathematics. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

  • Looking Outside

    METEOROLOGICAL PROCESSES TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE THE LABORATORY

    Meteorological processes usually take place outside the laboratory. On measurement campaigns, one can experience the thrill of working with highly sensitive measuring instruments in nature. Here, talent for improvisation is often required. Especially in the field of experimental meteorology, manual skills are also an advantage. The extensive amounts of data that accumulate here can often not be evaluated with commercial software and accordingly, programming skills are necessary to develop your own evaluation programs.

  • A multi-layered field of activity

    ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES ARE COMPLEX

    Furthermore, the mathematical-physical equations for the description of atmospheric processes can rarely be solved analytically due to their complexity and must therefore be solved numerically, i.e. by means of a computer. Therefore, the teaching of programming skills as well as the development of algorithms to solve a problem is also an essential part of the course. Many meteorological problems are so complex that solving them on a standard PC would take decades. Depending on your specialization during your studies, you will have the opportunity to learn how to use supercomputers, e.g. to calculate turbulent flows with existing models and perhaps with models you have developed further.

    THE VALIDATION OF THE MODEL CALCULATIONS IS CARRIED OUT IN THE FIELD

    Meteorological research takes place in the interplay between measurements and modeling. The quality of a model can be recognized by how well it can explain the observations. Therefore, it is necessary to make field measurements. This requires organizational skills and the ability to improvise. Highly complicated electronics must function under rough conditions in the field.

  • At the pulse of time

    CLIMATE CHANGE

    Where else, if not at the Institute of Meteorology and Climatology, should climate change be researched? Not only global but also regional effects of climate change are of interest.

    ENERGY TRANSITION

    The energy source of the future is more or less directly: the sun. The meteorological influence on solar energy is a main focus of our research. The topics are the spectral influence of solar radiation, the degree of coverage and prediction models. The second pillar of the energy transition, wind energy, ultimately also receives its energy from the sun. The modeling of wind turbines, for example, is a task on which working groups of our institute are working.

    PROPAGATION OF POLLUTANTS

    The discussion about particular matter levels and driving bans has shown that limit values and dispersion of air pollutants are of considerable public interest. Models for the dispersion of air pollutants are developed at the institute and validated by measurements.

  • How is meterology networked?

    INTERDISCIPLINARY AND INTERNATIONAL

    Since the atmosphere (large and small) is influenced by many different boundary conditions (ocean, land use, buildings, etc) and the atmosphere in turn has an impact on everything in it, there are many interdisciplinary connections e.g. to chemistry, geophysics, oceanography, biology or even engineering sciences. This finds expression in the study e.g. in appropriate subsidiary subjects. Meteorological processes do not stop at national borders. This leads to the fact that worldwide cooperation with other research institutes is an absolute necessity. At our institute there are contacts in countries of all continents including Antarctica.

  • What about after graduation?

    WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS

    The first contact with meteorology usually comes from the weather report in the media. Despite the large media presence, only a small proportion of meteorologists are employed by the media. The broad meteorological and physical-mathematical education as well as the acquired skills such as analyzing and solving complex problems in theoretical and technical areas, presenting complicated facts, developing computer programs or processing large amounts of data open up a wide field of activities. Meteorologists work in research institutions, weather services, environmental agencies, insurance companies or engineering and expert offices, as well as, for example, in software companies, the energy industry, the automotive industry, airlines or in management consulting. In addition to the classical field of weather forecasting and analysis and basic research on atmospheric processes, they prepare, for example, yield forecasts for solar and wind farms, investigate air turbulence behind aircraft (e.g. in order to optimize the safety distance of following aircraft during landing), simulate flow conditions in cities (e.g. with the aim of improving air quality), develop new types of measuring instruments or prepare risk assessments for insurance companies. Due to this diversity, the career prospects can be described as very good.