Our Profil

At the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK) - Atmospheric Trace Gases and Remote Sensing (ASF) four methods are developed to observe and understand the Earth’s atmosphere:

  • optical measurements from ground-based stations, in particular to observe long-term changes,
  • spatially highly-resolved measurements using instruments on board of stratospheric balloons and aircrafts,
  • satellite-based measurements that provide excellent spatial (up to global) coverage,
  • regional and global numerical models for the interpretation of the measurements.

The IMK-ASF has close interactions with the other divisions of IMK (IMK-TRO, IMK-AAF, IMK-IFU) and has long-standing collaborations with leading research groups in Europe (Germany, France, Spain, Italy, UK, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands,...) and world-wide (USA, Canada, Japan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Brazil,...), as well as with various international organizations (ESA, CNES, NASA, EUMETSAT, WMO, COSPAR,...) and industry (EADS Astrium, Bruker,...).


Sections of the IMK-ASF

Balloons, aircraft, satellites

Section of remote sensing of trace species from aircraft, balloons and satellites as well as in-situ measurements onboard aircraft.

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Ground-based remote sensing and meteorological satellites
Modelling of the atmosphere

Research Groups of the IMK-ASF



In-situ measurements onboard aircraft (TOP)


Satellite climatology (SKL)


Research data management (RDM), IT & Interactions in the Atmospheric System (IAS)


Remote sensing using aircraft and balloons (FFB)


Ground-Based FTIR Remote Sensing (BOD)


Global Modelling (MOD)


Satellite-borne remote sensing of trace gases (SAT)



Middle Atmosphere, Solar Variability, and Climate Interactions (MSK)