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JOYCE Core Facility

JOYCE is based on a long-term successful collaboration between the University of Cologne, the University of Bonn and the Research Centre Jülich. The Jülich Observatory for Cloud Evolution (JOYCE) operates ground-based active and passive remote sensing instruments for cloud and precipitation observations. 


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


  • 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.