Bjorn Stevens at October Music Festival 2012 of Bavarian State Opera

With the leading theme “Chaos and Order”, the fourth “October Music Festival” will be taking place as a cooperation of the Max Planck Society and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich from October 12 - 20.

The audience can look forward to lectures about different aspects of this topic as well as the appertaining concerts. Well known scientists will...

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Stratosphere influences currents in North Atlantic

Scientists of the University of Utah and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) in Hamburg pointed out an up to now unknown correlation between the upper atmosphere and the ocean in their paper published in “Nature Geoscience”.

Thomas Reichler and Junsu Kim of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, USA, revealed together with Elisa...

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MPI-M at fourth Hamburg Climate Week


From September 24 to September 30 2012 the fourth Hamburg Climate Week is taking place. It is the largest information event about climate in Europe. More than 100 participants attend to present the topics sustainability, climate protection, climate research, climate change and climate adaption in an exciting and vivid manner.

The Max Planck...

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Third International Conference on Earth System Modelling opened

The 3rd International Conference on Earth System Modelling (3ICESM) will take place from 17 – 21 September 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. Leading scientists in climate research and Earth System Modelling meet at this conference.


Today Hamburg´s Deputy Mayor and Senator for Science and Research Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt has opened the conference with...

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More CO2 leads to less clouds


A new feedback mechanism operating between vegetation and cloud formation could enhance the climate change


The warmer the air, the more water can evaporate: a simple relationship familiar to us from everyday life. Researchers from Germany and the Netherlands have now established that this not always the case: although an increase in the...

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Thorsten Mauritsen wins WMO Professor Mariolopoulos Trust Fund Award 2012/13

Dr. Thorsten Mauritsen, researcher in the department „The Atmosphere in the Earth System“ at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, was awarded with the „WMO Professor Mariolopoulos Trust Fund Award“. He will be presented with the award in a ceremony at the Academy of Athens in October.


The „WMO Professor Mariolopoulos Trust Fund Award“ is...

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German-Californian commitment for the Earth

Five Max Planck Institutes and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of San Diego cooperate to explore changes in the Earth system


July 9th, 2012

`It never rains in Southern California` is the title of a famous song by Albert Hammond. Whether even more regions in the world must face a future with less rain and how the Earth...

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Excellence Initiative: Big Success for Climate Research in Hamburg

Climate research at the University of Hamburg was successful in the excellence initiative of the German federal and state governments: the German Research Council (DFG) approved the climate cluster „Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction“ (CliSAP), which had applied for a five-year extension. As non-university partner of the excellence...

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Start des Ausstellungsschiffes MS Wissenschaft - rauf auf den "Klimakletterturm"!

Am 30. Mai 2012 startet das Ausstellungsschiff MS Wissenschaft in Berlin seine Tour durch 36 Städte in Deutschland und Österreich. In diesem Jahr steht das Schiff ganz unter dem Motto "Zukunftsprojekt Erde" und zeigt Exponate zur Forschung für nachhaltige Entwicklungen. Die Partnerschaft Erdsystemforschung - ein Zusammenschluss der...

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Arctic sea-ice loss didn't happen by chance

The ongoing rapid retreat of Arctic sea ice is often interpreted as the canary in the mine for anthropogenic climate change. In a new study, scientists have now systematically examined the validity of this claim. They find that neither natural fluctuations nor self-acceleration can explain the observed Arctic sea-ice retreat. Instead, the recent...

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