Tatiana Ilyina chairs new Grand Challenge project on Carbon Feedbacks in the Climate System

A new project on 'Carbon feedbacks in the Climate System' has been approved by the World Climate Research Programme´s (WCRP) Joint Scientific Committee during their last session in April in Geneva. Dr Tatiana Ilyina, leader of the group 'Ocean Biogeochemistry' at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) will chair it together... [Read more.]
Anvil-cloud, photo taken on board the ISS. Photo: NASA

Thermodynamic control of anvil-cloud amount

In a new study Dr. Sandrine Bony, IPSL, Paris, Prof. Bjorn Stevens and Tobias Becker from Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), Hamburg, and colleagues have identified processes, which control the convective anvil cloud fraction. Convective anvil clouds are large areas of ice-clouds that form as thunderstorms, and transport and... [Read more.]

Turbulent convection can increase ice melt-rates drastically

In a recent study published in the Journal of Physical Oceanography, Dr. Thomas Keitzl, Dr. Juan Pedro Mellado and Dr. Dirk Notz, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), investigated how the mixing of water beneath a horizontal ice interface enhances the transport of heat to ice using laboratory experiments and... [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 programme:

The Atmosphere in the Earth System

The Land in the Earth System
The Ocean in the Earth System
PhD Programme IMPRS-ESM

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