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IEK-7/8 building


IEK-7 research focuses on composition and dynamics of the upper troposphere and middle atmosphere (5 to 90 km). This altitude region and the physical and chemical processes therein play a key role in the climate system. Changes in the structure and chemical composition of the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS) result in particularly large changes in the radiative forcing of the atmosphere, which triggers climate change. more: Profile …

Geophysica in front of Arena Arctica


The scientific direction of IEK-7 is closely aligned to current issues of the WRCP project SPARC (Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate) ( IEK-7 contributes to numerous SPARC initiatives such as Polar Stratospheric Cloud initiative (PSCi), the Gravity Wave initiative, the Water Vapor assessment (WAVAS), the Stratospheric Sulfur and its Role in Climate (SSiRCi) initiative, the Stratospheric Reanalysis Inter-comparison project (S-RIP), and the Lifetimes of Stratospheric Ozone-Depleting Substances initiative. more: Co-operations …