MPI-M scientists support publication of Global Carbon Budget 2017

Today, the annual update of the Global Carbon Budget, and in total its 12th edition since its start in 2006, was released by the Global Carbon Project. As in previous years, the carbon budget analysis was supported by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M). The wide expertise of the Institute is reflected in the variety...

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Deutsches Klima-Konsortium issues a statement on the occasion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn

Leading scientists, united in the Deutsches Klima-Konsortium e.V. (DKK), issued a concerted statement on the occasion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn. The 23rd Climate Conference of the Parties (COP23) sends a message to Berlin, where a new German government is currently being negotiated. The impact of climate change is already...

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Doldrums rediscovered in storm-resolving simulations

New storm-resolving simulations, showing how resolved convection, and its associate circulations, interact with and form the larger scale circulations within the Atlantic intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) are presented by Daniel Klocke, Matthias Brueck, Cathy Hohenegger and Bjorn Stevens in a recently published article. One of the most...

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Visit us at Science Night: Climate and Earth system research

It´s time for the Hamburg-wide Science Night "Nacht des Wissens" again. Experience climate and Earth system research at first hand in the Geomatikum building on 4 November from 5 pm to midnight. In addition to the Max Planck...

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Agreement signed on financing Hamburg´s new high-performance computer

An agreement on financing a new high-performance computer was signed in Hamburg on 24 October 2017. The procurement is planned for 2020. The agreement between the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, and the Max Planck Society was signed by Hamburg´s mayor Olaf Scholz, the president of the...

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Online course on climate change now also in English

The scientific association Deutsches Klima-Konsortium (DKK) and the non-governmental organization WWF Germany produced a free online course on climate change "Climate Change, Risks and Challenges". Prof Jochem Marotzke, Dr Tatiana Ilyina and Dr Marco Giorgetta, all scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, contributed actively to it....

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New theory for radiatively driven shallow circulations

In a new study recently accepted in the Journal of Atmospheric Science, Ann Kristin Naumann, Bjorn Stevens, Cathy Hohenegger and Juan Pedro Mellado from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) show that shallow circulations driven by radiative differences can be as strong as those driven by surface temperature differences.

The scientists...

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New study: Why European winters were so cold during the Little Ice Age

Our common conception of the Little Ice Age (LIA), the relatively cold climate period that climaxed in the 16th-18th centuries, is strongly influenced by painters like Brueghel the Elder or Avercamp and their famous genre scenes of winter hardships and pleasures in icy landscapes. These idealized representations of daily life are nonetheless...

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Why are shallow cumuli bigger and stronger over land than over ocean?

In a new study appearing in the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Dr. Mirjana Sakradzija and Dr. Cathy Hohenegger, both scientists in the group "Clouds and Convenction" at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MP-M) in the department "The Atmosphere in the Earth System", identified key processes influencing the size of clouds. The questions why...

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Committed warming inferred from observations

Concerted efforts around the world are now being made to limit global warming to less than 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius. But how far are we from passing these thresholds? Climate models have been used to estimate this emission headroom, but a new study by Thorsten Mauritsen from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and Robert Pincus from...

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