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Integrated environmental research at the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus

Since January 1, 2009 the University of Augsburg is member of the consortium of the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus (UFS).
The UFS situated at the south-facing slope of the Zugspitze exists since 1999. Since 2007 the UFS is based on a consortium agreement aiming at the further development of the UFS into an international competence centre for altitude and climate research. Members of the consortium are - beside the Free state of Bavaria - well-known research institutions like the Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Center – DLR), the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Research Centre – FZK), the Helmholtz Zentrum München (German Research Center for Environmental Health – HMGU), the Federal Republic of Germany represented by the federal agencies of the Deutscher Wetterdienst (German Meteorological Service – DWD) and the Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency – UBA), the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the University of Augsburg (UNIA).

Scientific activities at the UFS cover the fields of Regional Climate and Atmosphere, Satellite-based observations and early detection, Cosmic radiation and radioactivity, Global Atmosphere Watch, Cloud dynamics, Hydrology, Environmental and high-altitude medicine and  Biosphere and Geosphere.

The university of Augsburg joined the consortium under the guiding theme

Integrated environmental research in the Zugspitz area –

Impacts of Global Change in a sensitive high mountain region“

thereby contributing research activities which are already established or will be further developed mainly at the Institute for Geography  (IGUA) and the Environment Science Centre (ESC): Climate research and Geoecology, Resource Strategy and Aerosol research. Specific research activities within the framework of integrated environmental research related to UFS will initially focus on the following topics: