Research and technical facilities

Our institutions and partners provide various platforms for joint use:

German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ)

Powerful supercomputers at the DKRZ are conducting simulation calculations based on complex numerical climate models for weeks or months on end if necessary. The high performance computer Blizzard, e.g., weighs thirty-five metric tons and is worth just as many million euros. Blizzard facilitates precise and highly efficient climate and environmental simulations.

German Climate Computing Centre

Environmental Wind Tunnel Laboratory

Customized boundary layer wind tunnels at Universität Hamburg’s Meteorological Institute enable climate researchers to conduct complex physical experiments. Models of industrial plants, residential streets, or entire cities help them investigate low-level wind currents, turbulences, or the spread of emissions. In addition to basic research, the Meteorological Institute focuses on practical problems in wind engineering (e.g., wind loads on buildings), security research (e.g., investigations into the spread of hazardous pollutants in the atmosphere), and wind energy use.

Environmental Wind Tunnel Laboratory

The Hamburg Weather Mast

Universität Hamburg’s Meteorological Institute operates a measuring station in Billwerder, one of Hamburg’s rural city districts. The weather tower was installed to analyze the atmospheric boundary layer. Every second, the station measures the air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, transmitting regular data updates to the University’s Geomatikum on Bundesstraße via DSL. The adjacent twelve meters tall grid tower and ground station provide further data.

Hamburg Weather Mast

Control Station German Research Vessels

The Control Station German Research Vessels at Universität Hamburg’s Institute of Oceanography (IfM) organizes the operation of the research vessels METEOR and MARIA S. MERIAN. Both ships are used for fundamental research efforts in marine science all around the globe. The control station oversees all scientific, technical, logistic, and financial preparations as well as the operational research vessel management. Since 2014, it has also been coordinating projects involving Germany’s newest research vessel SONNE.

Control Station German Research Vessels

Library and Information Services for Earth System Sciences (BIS)

The BIS provides specialist literature for CliSAP researchers. It is a joint facility of Universität Hamburg and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M). The University institutes participating in CliSAP also operate individual departmental libraries.

Library and Information Services for Earth System Sciences

CEN IT Services (CIS)

CEN IT Services provide and service all hardware and software used at the University institutes located on Bundesstraße. CIS are responsible for the operation and administration of their networks, mail and web servers. In addition, CIS run a central help desk.

CEN IT-Services