Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus

Forschungsstation Schneefernerhaus

Centre for altitude and climate research in Bavaria

Managed by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment, ten leading German research institutes have come together at the Environmental Reserach Station Schneefernerhaus to establish a Virtual Institute for altitude, environment and climate research.

The location of the research station near the summit of the mountain Zugspitze – Germany's highest mountain - is ideal to continuously monitor the physical and chemical properties of the atmosphereand to analyse various processes which influence the weather and climate. It is on the basis of such observations that the current state and the future development of the worldwide climate may be understood.

  • development, demonstration and implementation of innovative technologies for climate and atmospheric observations
  • validation of satellite data
  • analysis of the climate system
  • high-altitude medicine
  • early detection of natural hazards
  • natural radioactivity and cosmic radiation