Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), Hamburg

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned institute for climate research. Its mission is to understand Earth's changing climate.


The MPI-M comprises three departments:

The Atmosphere in the Earth System

The Land in the Earth System
The Ocean in the Earth System

and four independent research groups:


Scientists at the MPI-M investigate what determines the sensitivity of the Earth system to perturbations such as the changing composition of its atmosphere, and work toward establishing the sources and limits of predictability within the Earth system. MPI-M develops and analyses sophisticated models of the Earth system, which simulate the processes within atmosphere, land and ocean. Such models have developed into important tools for understanding the behaviour of our climate, and they form the basis for international assessments of climate change. Targeted in-situ measurements and satellite observations complement the model simulations.


Together with several other non-university research institutions the MPI-M and the University of Hamburg constitute Opens external link in current windowCliSAP, a centre of excellence for climate research and education in Hamburg, Germany.

Focus on

Scientific Computing at MPI-M

Climate and Earth system models run on high-
performance computers with hundreds of processors, even thousands in the future. They generate large amounts of data. The objective of programming is not only to design a scientifically optimal program but also to be able to run the programs as quickly as possible to receive results soon.

Constant adjustments of the programs to the high-
performance computer architectures ensure high processing speed. How and by whom can these models be created in an effective and fast way? How do scientists handle the vast amounts of data in the order of tera- and petabytes?

Climate researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) utilize the high-performance computing and data storage systems by the German Climate Computing Center (Opens external link in current windowDKRZ). They develop special software for analyzing model data and need numerics and software specialists to address the tasks of model development and model use together.
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