Reactor accident Fukushima – New international study on emissions of radioactive substances into the atmosphere with participation by BOKU
A new study by an international team of researchers estimates the emissions of the radioactive noble gas xenon-133 and the aerosol-bound nuclide caesium-137 from the Japanese NPP Fukushima Daiichi.While the discussion version was published in October 2011, now the final version has been accepted and published:

News archive: NPP Fukushima situation (German only)

KKW Fukushima

NPP Fukushima situation

Daily collections of information and links in the German-language pages. hier

Scientific background on the volcanic eruption at Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

more information (in German, but many links to english pages)

New book (in German language)

Landwirtschaft im Klimawandel. Auswirkungen u. Anpassungsstrategien für die land- und forstwirtschaftlichen Betriebe in Mitteleuropa.

Von Josef Eitzinger, K. Christian Kersebaum, Herbert Formayer.
Verlag Agrimedia, 2009, 379 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86037-378-1, Preis 39 EUR. Mehr Information Bestellformular (pdf)


In memoriam em. O. Univ.-Prof. Inge Dirmhirn

The Institute of Meteorology mourns the passing of its founder and long-term head, Professor emerita Dr. Inge Dirmhirn, who died on 20 July 2008 in Vienna.


Helga Kromp-Kolb is "Scientist of the year 2005"

Helga Kromp-Kolb, professor at the University of Applied Life Sciences and Natural Resources in Vienna, is Austria's "Scientist of the year 2005". It is the twelfth time the Association of Education and Sciences Journalists awards this prize Ms Kromp-Kolb is climate researcher and heads the Institute of Meteorology and is chair of the University Senate at the University of Applied Life Sciences and Natural Resources in Vienna. Her scientific expertise is in the area of climatology and meteorology in particular environmental meteorology and environmental research. The general public knows her as an expert in matters of climate change and as the author of "Schwarzbuch Klimawandel" (Main culprits in climate change). Figurehead of Austria's Research Community With this award the Association of Education and Sciences Journalists particularly aims to prize scientists who are dedicated to providing the general public with a comprehensible access to their work and thereby heighten the image of Austria's research. Ms Helga Kromp-Kolb matches this description perfectly: she is a often called upon expert in interviews in both national and international media and will explain among others cause and effect of current weather phenomena in relation to the observed climate change. "I am quite pleased about this award," announces the prized scientist, "because I will reach an even wider public with my concern about human causes for climate change. Hopefully this will contribute to a shift in priorities away from a short term economy related approach to more sustainable and comprehensive action." The award comes with a star which is named after Kromp-Kolb and - in co-operation with the Office of Science and Technology (OST) chaired by the Austrian Sciences Attaché in Washington, Philipp Steger, - an invitation to give a scientific presentation on the topic of her choice at the Austrian embassy in the United States. About Helga Kromp-Kolb Helga Kromp-Kolb studied at the University of Vienna which is also where she started her academic career. After a leading position at the Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik/ Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics and after being an Associate Professor at San José State University in Californa / USA she has been teaching and researching at the University of Applied Life Sciences and Natural Resources in Vienna since 1995. She is a member of the Austrian, German and American Associations for Meteorology. Her scientific expertise is in high demand in numerous advisory bodies and councils. In 1991 Ms Helga Kromp-Kolb was awarded with the Konrad Lorenz Award. Laureates Helga Kromp-Kolb is the twelfth "Scientist of the Year". Laureates to date include: Rudolf Taschner (2004), mathematician, University of Vienna; Josef Penninger (2003), immunologist, Academy of the Sciences, Vienna; Ms Renee Schroeder (2002), micro-biologist, University of Vienna; Ulrich Körtner (2001), Protestant theologian, University of Vienna; Ms Hildegunde Piza (2000), plastic surgeon, University of Innsbruck; Christoph Badelt (1999), social sciences researcher, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration; Herbert Budka (1998) prion researcher, University of Vienna; Rudolf Rieder and Heinrich Wänke (1997), Mars researchers from the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz; Anton Zeilinger (1996), experimental physicist, University of Innsbruck; Stefan Karner (1995), contemporary historian, University of Graz; and Georg Wick (1994), researcher into ageing, University of Innsbruck.