We concentrate our research into four major Earth systems: atmosphere, land, ocean, and human dimension. We investigate how these systems operate internally and how they interact to produce or influence climate dynamics. Of particular interest are the sensitivity of the Earth system to perturbations and the predictability of the climate across multiple scales.
We employ mathematical models as the primary investigative tool in our research. Doctoral candidates may apply existing Earth system models, develop new model features, and analyse the outputs of these models.
Doctoral candidates are affiliated with research groups of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology or with the University of Hamburg. Individual doctoral studies are guided and inspired by the scientific questions of their research unit.