Internal Projects

We strive to strategically initiate, and support, cross-cutting projects. These projects bring together diverse teams of scientists from across the institute to help answer important questions.  Unlike scientific working groups, which have a more permanent status, and work within one of the institute's three departments, internal projects should bring together people from different departments, and have a limited lifetime.  Currently the institute supports three cross cutting projects, some in cooperation with partner institutes. In addition to the running internal projects listed below, past internal projects are described on the Project Archive page, and projects that are made possible through external funding are listed on the External Projects page.


The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) is an international endeavour to better understand past, present and future climate changes. Referring to the Grand Science Challenges of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), CMIP6 aims to answer three broad questions:

(i) How does the Earth system respond to forcing?,

(ii) What are the origins and consequences of systematic model biases?, and

(iii) How can we assess future climate changes given climate variability, predictability and uncertainties in scenarios?


For further information please contact Opens window for sending emailDr. Matthias Bittner.

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Together with the German Weather Service (the DWD) the institute is developing a next generation numerical model, one that is capable of better exploiting advances in high performance computing.  This numerical model, called ICON, is built around an icosohedral grid, and will be numerically integrated over grids whose resolution permits the explicit representation of deep convection.  The first release of this model is expected to be at the end of 2012. For further information please contact Opens window for sending emailDr. Marco Giorgetta, or visit the project website. More information about ICON is also available as part of the Focus on feature which appeared on our home page during November 2011. Initiates file downloadpdf