Short introduction

The meteorology group at the Department of Physics,Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (FMF) of the University of Ljubljana carries out meteorology education and training on all three levels of education (BSc, MSc, PhD). It is the only meteorology study program in Slovenia. Beside education of future meteorologists at FMF, meteorology lectures for students of other programs which need basic knowledge of meteorology within the University of Ljubljana are carried out. Examples of external lectures are aviation meteorology at the Faculty of Engineering and Hydrology and the Faculty of Civil Engineering. More about studies. Department of Meteorology has been also performing a lot of research work in major areas of meteorology. More on research work at Department of Meteorology.


Immediately after the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy the University of Ljubljana was established, and within also the Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics, which had continued measurements and observations on the Slovenian territory of the former Yugoslavia. After some lectures from the climatology at the very beginning of the University in 1934 the meteorological study was started thanks to professor dr. Oskar Rey. In 1949 first Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics was developed from the Faculty of Arts, and five years later the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Arts (PMFF) was formed. After the construction works were concluded the Department of Meteorology and some other sections of PMFF had moved into the new building of the current Faculty of Arts, on Aškerčeva Street. By combining the Engineering Faculty and the part of PMFF in 1960 the Faculty of Science and Technology was formed. In 1995, the division of the Faculty of Science and Technology leaded to foundation of the Faculty Mathematics and Physics (FMF), containing the Department of Mathematics and Mechanics and Department of Physics, which also included the Meteorology group. For many years, the head of group was Professor Dr. Zdravko Petkovšek, who has been followed by professor. Dr. Jože Rakovec. When the extension to the FMF building (Jadranska Street 19) was made In 2005, the group as well as Meteorological Library (the only of that kind in Slovenia) were moved to the new location on Jadranska Street 19. After World War II, the operational meteorology was passed over from Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics to the newly established meteorological department. The meteorological program at the University was reformed in such a way that since then the meteorological processes has been explained by using physics and mathematical tools. From 1953 until today somewhere over a hundred students has completed such a studying program. Less than half of them work in the civil service – mostly of those in the Bureau of Meteorology, Environmental Agency, about a quarter of them at the University or institutes and the rest elsewhere. After the transformation of studying program following “Bologna" method in 2009 the first degree of program slightly extended in an independent first-degree studying program, called Meteorology with Geophysics. On the second-degree studying program the inter-faculty Geophysics study program is performed which contains a meteorological module. Research work, which occasionally includes students, has also produced 15 masters and 11 doctors of science in the field of meteorology. The professors from FMF also teach meteorological material on FF, FGG, FS and VŠZ. The BF is dealing with meteorology too, especially with the agro meteorology and climatology, and therefore it has been participated in the study of meteorology at the FMF.

Cooperation with the Meteorological office of EARS

For many years now the meteorology group has been successfully cooperating with the Meteorological office of the Environmental agency of the Republic of Slovenia (EARS). Even from the very nature of weather processes and formations, which are of continental dimensions, it is clear that research in meteorology is also embedded in international connections. The result, probably best known to public, of such international cooperation of Slovenian meteorologists from the University of Ljubljana and from the EARS, is the development of weather prediction model ALADIN. In EARS, it is used operationally and these results, publicly available, are the basis for regionally detailed specificities of daily weather forecasts. The cooperation between the meteorology group and the EARS extends to other fields as well. The current project includes the development of operational tools for modeling diffusion of pollutants in the atmosphere.