New study challenges previous assumptions about the surface-warming ‘hiatus’

Many climate scientists claim the ocean caused the 1998-2012 surface-warming 'hiatus' by drawing heat downward, away from the Earth's surface. In a new study, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) challenge this view: the heat could also have been radiated upward from the surface into space, and the uncertainty in...

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New report: More rain in winter, more droughts in summer

Article by the Max Planck Society. Author: Ute Kehse.

A report by the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), which was coauthored by Dr Stefan Hagemann from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), summarizes the impact of climate change on Germany´s hydrological cycle.

Climate change not only involves rising temperatures - it also...

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MPI-M wins prize for science communication

The communications department at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) has won the third prize for science communication by the German science news portal Informationsdienst Wissenschaft (idw) for its press release "Quantifying the individual contribution to Arctic sea-ice melt". The prize was presented to Dr Annette Kirk, head of the...

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Cooperation agreement signed for seasonal climate predictions

Since 2009, Germany's National Meteorological Service Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), the University of Hamburg (UHH) and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) have been developing a system for climate prediction with a time horizon of a few months to half a year. This forecasting system, called German Climate Forecast System (GCFS), forms...

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Improved representation of convection, tropical clouds and precipitation in climate models

In a new study, Dr Karsten Peters and Dr Traute Crueger, both scientists in the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institue for Meteorology (MPI-M),  together with their colleagues Prof Christian Jakob and Dr Benjamin Möbis from Monash University, Australia, show for the first time that a more realistic simulation of...

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MPI-M scientists participate in new public outreach project

Two scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) collaborated with Latest Thinking, a public outreach project using an innovative video format for sharing research results, to explain their research in an understandable way to a wider audience. In order to provide everyone interested in science with a fast and easy access to...

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Jochem Marotzke elected to acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering

On 12 October 2016 Prof. Dr. Jochem Marotzke, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), was elected to the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) as a full member. The election is an honor for his scientific achievements.

35 outstanding scientists will actively participate as new members of the Academy. All...

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MiKlip publishes first experimental decadal climate forecasts in online interactive tool

The Opens external link in current windowMiKlip project, led by Prof Jochem Marotzke, and coordinated by Dr Freja Vamborg at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, has made its decadal climate forecasts available online today.

Decadal climate predictions cover timescales of years up to a decade. As such, they close the gap between short-term weather predictions, seasonal climate...

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New study on the effects of deforestation on local climate

In a new study published recently in the Journal of Climate, Johannes Winckler, Christian Reick and Julia Pongratz, scientists in the department "The Land in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) developed a new method for isolating the local climate effects of deforestation. Deforestation happens locally, and...

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EU-project Blue-Action on Arctic climate changes and its impacts kicks-on in Berlin

Today, at times when both the global mean and Arctic surface temperatures are at record high, while the extent of sea ice covering the Arctic ocean reaches the lowest level ever measured for this time of the year (figure), an international partnership jointly coordinated by Dr Daniela Matei from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and...

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