DLR is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany's Space Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme as well as international representation of Germany's interests.
The DLR-Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre (DLR-IPA) performs research on modelling of atmospheric dynamics, aerosols, clouds, and chemistry on different scales, measurements of chemical species, aerosols, and meteorological quantities, radiative transfer modelling, and weather forecasting. DLR-IPA has many years experience in co-ordinating research projects including major field campaigns, e.g., the EC projects AERONOX, POLINAT, POLINAT-2, EULINOX, METRIC, TROCCINOX, QUANTIFY. The institute has been participating in numerous research projects, including many EC funded projects (e.g., AEROCHEM, AEROCHEM-2, CLOUDMAP, CLOUDMAP2, TRADEOFF, SCENIC, TOPOZ III, PARTS, SCOUT-O3, HISAC).