The MPI-M mourns the passing of Benjamin Möbis

Obituary by Professor Bjorn Stevens, director of the department The Atmosphere in the Earth System at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

“Dear All,
Benjamin Möbis died over the weekend.  He was scuba diving.  
I don’t know any details. What I do know is that after learning to dive while in the IMPRS, he quickly became passionate about it, and...

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Stevens congratulates Nordhaus on winning BBVA Climate Change Award

This year´s recipient of the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change Category is Professor William Nordhaus. President of this year’s jury is Prof Bjorn Stevens, director of the department The Atmosphere in the Earth System at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M). Prof Nordhaus is recognized for pioneering a ...

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Impact of global forestry and livestock grazing on carbon budget much larger and older than previously thought

Human biomass utilization led to a global reduction of the carbon stored in vegetation by 50%, and thus to massive emissions of CO2. The use of forests and natural grasslands for forestry and livestock grazing has similar impacts as deforestation for agricultural purposes. This is the result of a study recently published in "Nature", led by...

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Models meet data: Challenges and opportunities in implementing land management in Earth System Models

Besides the burning of fossil fuels it is land use that drives man-made climate change. But to capture land use in climate models we require a sufficient basis of process understanding and data. In a new study a team of scientists led by Julia Pongratz and including Kim Naudts, both from the department "The Land in the Earth System" at the Max...

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ERC Consolidator Grant for Thorsten Mauritsen

On 29 November 2017 the European Research Council (ERC) announced the names of 329 scientists, who are awarded a Consolidator Grant in the 2017 call for proposals. Dr Thorsten Mauritsen, group leader in the department „The Atmosphere in the Earth System“ at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) receives a grant for his proposal „Reining...

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Retreating permafrost coasts threaten the fragile Arctic environment

The new EU project Nunataryuk will determine the effects of permafrost thaw on Earth’s coldest shorelines. 28 partners including two research groups in the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) led by Tatiana Ilyina (ocean biogeochemistry in the department “The Ocean in the Earth System”)) and by Victor Brovkin (climate-biosphere...

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Sabine Egerer whirls up dust

Sabine Egerer, PhD candidate in the department "The Land in the Atmosphere" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) presented her research with a 'Live performance simulation study on drivers of Saharan dust emission and transport' at the 'N2 Science Communication Conference' in Berlin. The presentation caught a lot of attention and...

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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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