The Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research together with the Leipzig Institute for Meteorology, the Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry and the Institute of Analytical Chemistry offer a unique research and teaching environment covering all aspects of observation and modelling physical and chemical processes of aerosol and cloud particles in the Earth's atmosphere.
A wide range of chemical and physical laboratories and field-based research infrastructures and campaign activities exist where nearly all scientific questions concerning the development, processing, transport, cloud interaction of tropospheric aerosol particles as well as their effect on weather and climate can be addressed.
The contributing institutions have a world-leading reputation for carrying out large national and international field campaigns on land, air and sea. Modelling capabilities cover all scales from molecular reaction paths to regional aerosol-cloud interaction to global assessments of the role of aerosols on climate and climate change. Ground-based remote sensing resolves the vertical structure of aerosols and aerosol-cloud interaction at a variety of world-wide distributed stations. Satellite remote sensing provides spatio-temporal variability of aerosols, clouds, aerosol-cloud interaction as well as their radiative effects.
Currently, eight professorships ensure a unique academic supervision in the fields of atmospheric chemistry, physics, and modelling.