JAMES Special Section : The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Earth System Model

This special section is devoted to the scientific description of the MPI-ESM, the Earth System Model developed by the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. The MPI has a long history of developing high-quality coupled models. This newest generation of our coupled model is the first to systematically incorporate the carbon cycle and represent dynamic vegetation, but equally important is its improved representation of basic physical processes. The papers in this section present a description of the MPI-ESM, and an initial evaluation---including the development of several novel configurations and features.