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.
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.
JOYCE instrumentation aims to observe spatial and temporal variability of atmospheric water cycle variables.