Our mission

The primary mission of the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU) is to perform high quality fundamental climate research and teaching so as to contribute to solving grand societal challenges related to the global climate crisis, including the training of a new generation of climate scientists with a physics background.

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In the spotlights

Focus and impact

  • IMAU research


    IMAU research addresses fundamental processes in the climate system, and is organised in five themes.
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  • IMAU bachelor


    IMAU staff members and PhD students teach and develop courses at Utrecht University, especially in Physics bachelor's programme, the Climate Physics master's program and the Graduate School of Natural Sciences.
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  • Screenshot van de interactieve kaart waarop de locatie van de drijvende sensoren te volgen is.


    The fundamental research of IMAU generates impact through collaboration with our partners and stakeholders inside and outside of Utrecht University.
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  • IMAU in the news

    Research highlights and IMAU researchers in the media.
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Facts and figures


  • Henk Dijkstra

    Henk Dijkstra

    awarded ERC Advanced Grant

    During the next five years, he will study the probability of a weakening of the Gulf Stream, and the possible consequences.

  • Anna von der Heydt

    receives Vici grant

    Von der Heydt is proud to be able to contribute to a sustainable future through this personal funding.

  • Weather challenge

    the #weatherchallenge:

    celebrating the art of careful observation

    Polar researcher and NOS weatherman Peter Kuipers Munneke launched the Weather Challenge, a public engagement project, to collect as many different weather phenomena as possible.

  • Visual story of a research expedition to Greenland

    Maurice van Tiggelen

    made a visual story of his expedition to Greenland

    Every year, a team of researchers and technicians from Utrecht University go on an expedition to Greenland to maintain the measuring stations and install new ones.