The proceeds from the weather sponsorships are used to support the continuation of weather observations by students at the Institute of Meteorology. The observation series in Dahlem has been running for more than 100 years, making it one of the longest climate records worldwide.
The meteorologists at the Berliner Wetterkarte at Freie Universität's Institute of Meteorology have been naming high and low pressure systems since 1954. In 2002 they started involving others in the naming process through the Adopt-a-Vortex program. So far, about 2000 people from 16 European countries as well as Brazil, Japan, and the United States have participated in the naming campaign, thereby supporting an important scientific project.