Die Eroberung der Atmosphäre: Wetterbeeinflussung in Süddeutschland zur Zeit des Kalten Krieges

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  • Dania Achermann, Denmark
By the beginning ofthe Cold War the idea to modify the weather had gained enormaus popularity. From the 1950s onwards, the new weather control technology, mainly developed within the context of the U.S. military, was being applied in many countries around the world. This article focuses on the activities at the Institut flir Physik der Atmosphäre in Southern Bavaria, where fog dissipation and hail control were prirnarily developed for civilian and local purposes. This example depicts the relationship between the research conducted there and American developments, and demonstrates how the local community became apart of the Cold War by applying this dual-use technology. It is furthermore argued that by promoting weather control technology, the ambitions were to occupy the atmosphere not only physically but also on an ideational level.
Original languageGerman
JournalTechnikgeschichte
Volume80
Issue3
Pages (from-to)225-239
ISSN0040-117X
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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