University of Innsbruck
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ACINN is devoted to basic research in the areas of weather forecasting, mountain meteorology, earth atmosphere interactions and ice-climate relations. Our research activity is largely supported by third-party funding.

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We offer a full degree programme in Atmospheric Sciences, from Bachelor to Master and PhD. Our teaching covers all the core subjects of the dynamics, physics, chemistry of the atmosphere-cryosphere-climate system and includes prerequisites from mathematics, statistics, physics and earth sciences.

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About Us

The Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences (ACINN) is one of the few university departments worldwide where research and education in atmospheric science and glaciology are co-located. It is located in the heart of the Alps. Therefore, ACINN's research and teaching focus on mountain weather and forecasting, mountain climate, earth-atmosphere interaction – with an emphasis on snow- or ice-covered surfaces, exchange of gases, aerosols and other atmospheric properties over complex topography – and ice-climate relations. ACINN is embedded in the university's research areas Mountain Regions and Scientific Computing. It plays a key role in the research centre Climate - Cryosphere and Atmosphere.


Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52f
6020 Innsbruck

+43 512 507 54401

+43 512 507 54599

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  •   Minor in Sci­en­tific com­put­ing

    The Extension Programme Scientific Computing (EPSC) allows students to profoundly expand their knowledge in various aspects of scientific computing. Graduates of the bachelor's and master's programme in atmospheric sciences are admitted to this extension programme.

  •   New paper in Boundary-Layer Mete­o­rol­ogy

    by Manuela Lehner and Mathias Rotach is analyzing the performance of different turbulence filter time scales for stable conditions in complex terrain:

  •   Grad­u­ate Sem­i­nar: Habil­i­ta­tion Lec­ture of Priv.Doz. Manuela Lehner

    Title: "Local flow effects in the atmospheric boundary layer over mountainous terrain". Date/time: 4th of October 2023, 12:00 noon; seminar room 60819 SR, 8th floor, Bruno-Sander-Haus, Innrain 52f an on-line (write to and you will get the link)

  •   PhD Defen­sio: Annelies Voor­dendag

    Title: "Investigation glacier mass balance and snow redistribution with long-range terrestrial laser scanning data at Hintereisferner".  Date/time: 22nd of September 2023, 2 p.m., on-line and on-site ; Geologie Schausammlung, Bruno-Sander-Haus, 2nd floor, Innrain 52f

  •   New paper pub­lished in Weather and Cli­mate Dynam­ics

    Göbel, Matthias, Serafin, Stefano and Rotach, Mathias: Adverse impact of terrain steepness on thermally driven initiation of orographic convection, Weather Clim. Dynam., 4, 725–745,, 2023.

  •   Brief com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the Glacier Loss Day

    Annelies Voordendag, Rainer Prinz, Lilian Schuster and Georg Kaser have published a Brief communication on the Glacier Loss Day as an indicator of a record-breaking negative glacier mass balance in 2022. The Cryosphere, 17, 3661–3665,, 2023.

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