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JOYCE - Jülich ObservatorY for Cloud Evolution


As part of CPEX-LAB (Laboratory for Clouds and Precipitation Exploration), the Jülich Observatory for Cloud Evolution (JOYCE) operates ground-based active and passive remote sensing instruments for cloud and precipitation observations. ​JOYCE is based on a long-term successful collaboration between the University of Cologne, the University of Bonn and the Research Centre Jülich and is embedded in the regional alliance Geoverbund ABC/J

Since 2017 JOYCE is transformed into a Core Facility (JOYCE - CF) funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) with the aim of high quality radar and passive microwave observations of the atmosphere. JOYCE will serve as a reference center for best practices in data acquisition, storage and distribution. Central goals  of JOYCE – CF are:​​

  • Instrument synergy for high-resolution cloud and precipitation observations
  • Centralized access for external users to instruments, operation and observation platforms​
  • Standardized and documented operation procedures for atmospheric research​
  • Easy and open access to database and observations of all instruments

 As a Core Facility, JOYCE - CF offers researchers free access to a synergistic set of state of the art measurements for the investigation of cloud and precipitation processes. Joyce - CF welcomes additional installations and supports campaign requests.

For more information please visit the JOYCE-CF website or contact Josephin Beer and Bernhard Pospichal.


Please see our new website hosted by the Geoverbund ABC/J.

For a quick overview of our observations please click here