Aerosols make clouds brighter, but shorter lived

Lead author Dr Axel Seifert together with colleague scientists, including Prof Bjorn Stevens, Director in the department "The Atmosphere in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, show in a study that a higher number of aerosol particles in the atmosphere lead to brighter clouds but also to a faster... [Read more...]

Solar and CO2-induced forcing pose similar threats to habitability

For the first time Dr. Max Popp, Dr. Hauke Schmidt and Prof. Jochem Marotzke, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), show in a new study in Nature Communications with a 3D atmospheric model that CO2-induced forcing poses an equal threat to the habitability of an Earth-like planet as does solar forcing. Forcings... [Read more...]

Not all forest management helps to mitigate climate change

An international research team, lead by the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement - Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (LSCE/IPSL) in France and including lead author Kim Naudts from the department "The Land in the Atmosphere" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), found that two and a half centuries... [Read more...]

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

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 and, together with the Opens external link in current windowUniversity of Hamburg, an international PhD program:

The Atmosphere in the Earth System

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

In addition the institute hosts independent research groups focused on the following topics: