Institute for Meteorology


Meteorological research in Leipzig can be traced back almost five centuries. The Leipzig Institute of Meteorology maintains this tradition and is now a recognised national centre for meteorological research and teaching.

Leipzig Institute of Meteorology in the former observatory on Stephanstraße with trees in the foreground. Photo: Katrin Schandert


The Leipzig Institute of Meteorology – a recognised national centre for meteorological research and teaching – is one of the largest meteorological institutes in Germany.

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Six Hands reaching over each other. Photo: Colourbox
Blick in einen Hörsaal auf den Vortragenden
Eine blaueingefärbte Taste mit der Aufschrift SERVICE, Foto: Colourbox
[The wind tunnel offers the possibility to test and characterize anemometers of different designs and to calibrate them for outdoor use. Photo: Swen Reichhold


With about 15-20 graduates per year, Leipzig is one of the largest German institutes offering a full Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Meteorology. The special feature is the strong connection between teaching and research.

Two young men stand in front of the rain radar and discuss. Photo: Swen Reichhold

Prospective students

The Institute for Meteorology at the Faculty for Physica and Earth Sciences offers a comprehensive Bachelor's and Master's degree programme in meteorology. Find out more about our courses of studies.

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Two students are sitting on the weather meadow. A student holds up a glass cylinder and a student takes a reading. Photo. Swen Reichhold
A doctor's hat stands on a stack of books. Photo: Colourbox
Five people from different countries stand talking to each other. Photo: Colourbox
A man and a woman sit at the table and talk to each other. Photo: Colourbox


The research at the Leipzig university has a long tradition and goes back to the 19th century. Today, about 70 scientists are working at the Leipzig institute of meteorology. Organized in four professorships, we investigate versatile processes which are related to atmospheric changes.

View from the HALO aircraft showing deep convection. Photo: Manfred Wendisch / Universität Leipzig

Our research

We use climate and weather models and apply versatile measurement techniques to study processes which govern the weather and climate.

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Ground-based remote sensing: LIMHAT and LIMRAD94 employed at the research ship Meteor during a measurement campaign in the Caribbean in 2020. Photo: Heike Kalesse / University of Leipzig
The temperature and humidity curves can be programmed over several points and thus automated. Photo: Swen Reichhold
Blue and white brochures of the publication series "Wissenschaftliche Mitteilungen" on the shelf. Photo: Katrin Schandert
Radiation sonde at ground in front of the Polarstern during MOSAiC. The sonde was designed for balloon-borne measurements. Photo: Michael Lonardi / Leipzig University
The Institute for Meteorology has a closed Göttinger-type wind channel. Photo: Swen Reichhold


360° cloud image with the measuring device in RGB colours. Photo: Institute for Meteorology

Current weather

The Institute of Meteorology records weather data at the Collm and Stephanstrasse sites for teaching purposes.

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On the opened rain gauge, a hand writes data on the measuring sheet. Photo: Swen Reichhold
Climatological observations: VHF meteor radar at Collm Observatory measuring horizontal wind and temperature. Photo: Christoph Jacobi / University of Leipzig
Ground based observation: LIMHAT, LIMRAD und LIMCUBE during the measuring operation on the roof of the Leipzig Institute of Meteorology. Photo: Heike Kalesse-Los / Universität Leipzig
Tastatur mit roter Taste FAQ. Foto: Colourbox

Contact us

Institute for Meteorology

Stephanstraße 3
04103 Leipzig

Head: Prof. Dr. Manfred Wendisch

Phone: +49 341 97-32850
Fax: +49 341 97-32899

How to find us