"Vision 2020" (Strategy Plan of the MPI-M)

Since its inception, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology has sought to understand Earth’s climate system, using as its principal tool comprehensive Earth system modeling. It was here, in 1996, that a group led by Klaus Hasselmann identified clearly and for the first time the human fingerprint on global warming. And now, looking out across the decade to come, we are keenly aware of the urgency to expand our understanding of the climate system and the multiple forces acting to change it.
This 2020 Vision formulates our scientific goals, the intellectual challenges inherent in them, and the conceptual questions that will guide our future research – and further shape our scientific identity.

Hamburg 2011

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Brochure: Earth System Research Partnership

It is the long-term goal of this research to develop an understanding of the Earth system that allows us to comprehend the changes in the world around us and to respond to them in an informed manner. This is the only way to find out which political and economic measures are urgent and critical for the protection of the Earth system, and how the natural resources of our planet can be used both optimally and sustainably. A solid scientific understanding of the interrelationships in the Earth system is also a basic prerequisite for convincing politicians and society at large of the necessity of difficult and far-reaching measures, such as a drastic reduction in CO2 emissions. At the same time it is important to develop technological and economic alternatives, an area in which collaboration with other research establishments will be sought. These alternatives will themselves have implications for the Earth system, which we can only study through experiments with Earth system models.

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Brochure: Climate Projections for the 21st Century

Since the middle of the 19th century the temperature of the Earth's surface has increased by almost 1 degree. Much of this observed global warming is due to human activities. Recent climate simulations performed by the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology suggest that the global, annual mean temperature increases by 2,5 °C to 4°C at the end of the 21st century if emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases continue to grow unabatedly. 

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