New study determines Earth's climate sensitivity from recent global warming

In a recent study, Diego Jiménez-de-la-Cuesta Otero from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and Thorsten Mauritsen from the Stockholm University were able to further constrain Earth's sensitivity to carbon dioxide. They combined observations of global warming since the 1970s with results from global climate models. The results of the study...

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New study: DYAMOND - Next Generation Climate Models

Prof Bjorn Stevens, director at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and head of the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System“, Prof Masaki Satoh at the University of Tokyo, and their co-authors describe in a new study the project DYAMOND, a model intercomparison of next generation climate models - Global Storm Resolving Models. ...

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New study shows highly different responses of surface vs air temperature following deforestation

In a new study published recently in Earth System Dynamics and highlighted in Nature Climate Change, scientists in the department “The Land in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) – Dr Johannes Winckler, Dr Christian Reick, Marvin Heidkamp, Dr Andreas Chlond, Dr Thomas Raddatz and Prof Julia Pongratz – together with...

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Dirk Notz takes on professorship at Universität Hamburg

Dr Dirk Notz, group leader in the department “The Ocean in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), has accepted a professorship at the Institute of Oceanography at the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability, Universität Hamburg, as of 1st  September 2019. Dirk Notz will not leave MPI-M entirely, he will...

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Understanding cloud organization from satellite images

In order to better understand cloud structures more than 60 scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the Laboratoire Météorologie Dynamique (LMD), France, classified ten thousand satellite images into four types of organization. They now challenge interested people in a competition to join and build a machine learning...

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HALO as a cloud observatory: the NARVAL expeditions

Aircrafts have long been used to sample clouds, now the German research aircraft HALO (High-Altitude LOng-Range) has been configured as a mobile cloud observatory. In June 2019 edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Prof Bjorn Stevens, director of the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck...

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Gravity waves in convection-permitting simulations

In a new study published in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences Dr Claudia Stephan and Dr Hauke Schmidt from the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) together with scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the German Meteorological Service (DWD) present the first intercomparison...

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Starting signal for German Marine Research Alliance

On 18 July 2019 the administrative agreement for the German Marine Research Alliance was signed by the Federal Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek and her colleagues from the German states Hamburg, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Lower Saxony. The German Marine Research Alliance is an initiative of the...

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Humboldt Research Awardee Pierre Friedlingstein at MPI-M

Prof Pierre Friedlingstein, a world-leading scientist from the University of Exeter, UK, with outstanding achievements in the field of biospheric research and climate-carbon cycle feedback analysis, has received the prestigious Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. During the years 2019 – 2020 he will stay for 6 months at ...

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Sedimentation effects on stratocumulus lifetime more important than previously thought

Stratocumulus clouds are efficient in cooling the Earth’s atmosphere by reflecting incoming solar radiation back to space. However, predicting the lifetime of stratocumulus clouds remains a challenge and one important reason for that is the limited understanding of how stratocumulus clouds mix with the free-tropospheric air above them.  

In a new...

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