Max Planck Day: Three Hamburg Max Planck Institutes present their research on Hamburg´s historic subway

The Max Planck Institutes (MPI) are celebrating three anniversaries throughout Germany on 14 September: Max Planck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 100 years ago, he was born in Kiel sixty years before that and the Max Planck Society, founded 70 years ago, with its 85 institutes still embodies his investigative spirit today. Public activities...

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International workshop on unstructured-mesh modelling of the ocean at MPI-M

The annual International workshop on Multi-scale (Un)-structured-mesh numerical Modeling for coastal, shelf, and global ocean dynamic (IMUM) is being held from 11 to 14 September 2018 in Hamburg. This year's host and joint organizers of the meeting are the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the Max Planck Institute...

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Clumping pop-corn convection

Hauke Schulz and Prof. Bjorn Stevens, researchers in the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), show in their new study in the Journal of Atmospheric Science the first observational evidence of mechanisms, previously hypothesized based on modelling studies, leading to the...

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First hackathon at MPI-M

From 20 to 21 August 2018, scientists and programmers from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) met for the first time for a joint hackathon. The words "hack" and "marathon" make up the name for this special type of event. For 24 hours and free of any daily routine, the participants dealt...

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Malizia Ocean Challenge – sailing meets science

On beginning of August a special sensor will be installed on the sailing yacht “Malizia” measuring the partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO2) around the globe within the next 4 years -  a project scientifically accompanied by Dr Peter Landschützer, scientist in the department „The Ocean in the Earth System“ at the Max Planck Institute for...

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First version of ICON-A model released

The first version of the atmospheric component of the ICON-ESM (ICON-A) has been finalized and documented for use in climate studies by the community. The climate simulated by ICON-A is comparable to its well and long-established predecessor, ECHAM6.3, but comes with the advantage of the more flexible and computationally efficient/scalable ICON...

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New study finds possibility of drastic and rapid climate shift in simulations with land-only planets

Sirisha Kalidindi and her colleagues Dr Christian H. Reick, Dr Thomas Raddatz and Prof Martin Claussen from the department "The Land in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) have found a new type of instability leading to a fast planetary scale climate shift. Their findings have recently been published and...

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ESRP meeting in Göttingen

The annual meeting of the Earth System Research Partnership, composed of Max Planck Institutes and associated institutes, took place from 6 to 8 June 2018. This year's host and joint organizer of the meeting with the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology...

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Non-linear responses of the stratosphere and the European climate to global warming

The effects of global warming are experienced in terms of changes in meteorological phenomena, such as the storms that reach Europe, from their region of origin in the western North Atlantic. Dr Elisa Manzini and Dr Luis Kornblueh from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), and Dr Alexey Y. Karpechko from the Finnish Meteorological...

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In climate policy, it can’t be “five minutes to midnight” forever

In a commentary for Nature Geoscience, Dr Oliver Geden, guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), argues that climate scientists tend to misconceive the relevance of the remaining carbon budget for mitigation action. To communicate effectively, climate researchers need to understand policymaking processes and incentives...

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