Humboldt Research Awardee Pierre Friedlingstein at MPI-M

Prof Pierre Friedlingstein, a world-leading scientist from the University of Exeter, UK, with outstanding achievements in the field of biospheric research and climate-carbon cycle feedback analysis, has received the prestigious Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. During the years 2019 – 2020 he will stay for 6 months at ...

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Sedimentation effects on stratocumulus lifetime more important than previously thought

Stratocumulus clouds are efficient in cooling the Earth’s atmosphere by reflecting incoming solar radiation back to space. However, predicting the lifetime of stratocumulus clouds remains a challenge and one important reason for that is the limited understanding of how stratocumulus clouds mix with the free-tropospheric air above them.  

In a new...

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Supporting Members of the Max Planck Society visit the MPI-M

During the 70th Annual Meeting of the Max Planck Society (MPS), which takes place in Hamburg this year, around 70 supporting members of the MPS visited the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ).

The supporting members are important multipliers for the concerns of the MPS and also contribute...

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MPI-M at Hamburg´s science festival “Sommer des Wissens”

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) takes part in this year's science festival "Sommer des Wissens" at the Rathausmarkt in Hamburg. From 20 to 23 June, Hamburg's scientists will be presenting their diverse research. Around 40 research institutions in four large theme tents offer fascinating insights into the environment, technology,...

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New method for evaluating Earth System Models

In a new study published in Climate of the Past and highlighted by the journal, Anne Dallmeyer, Victor Brovkin and Martin Claussen from the department "Land in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) have developed a method to uniformly "biomize" vegetation distributions calculated by Earth System models, i.e. to...

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Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited climate researchers in Hamburg

On 21st of May, 2019, foreign minister Heiko Maas visited the cluster of excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS)” at Universität Hamburg. He underlines that expertise, as it is generated in CLICCS, is necessary to convince politicians of the reality of climate change.

Before a meeting with his counterparts of the Baltic states...

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Increased AMOC slowdown in high-resolution models

Scientists from the department "The Ocean in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) have shown in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems why the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) slows down significantly when the resolution for the atmosphere in the Earth System Model of the MPI-M (MPI-ESM)...

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Shifting winds weakened the recent Southern Ocean CO2 absorption

In a new study, Lydia Keppler and Dr Peter Landschützer from department “The Ocean in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) find that the carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption in the Southern Ocean weakened between 2012 and 2016. The study links shifts in regional winds to this reduced carbon uptake.

Similar to a fizzy...

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Cause for variability in Arctic sea ice clarified

Using extensive computer simulations, the scientists Dr Dirk Olonscheck, Dr Thorsten Mauritsen and Dr Dirk Notz from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) in Hamburg and the University of Stockholm are now able to explain why the Arctic sea ice varies greatly from year to year. Their results were recently published in Nature Geoscience.

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Contribution to understand the long‐term response of the ocean carbon cycle to climate change

In a new study in Geophysical Research Letters Dr Tatiana Ilyina and Dr Mathias Heinze from the department "The Ocean in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) found that during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) changes in overturning circulation are key to reproducing the deoxygenation and carbonate...

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