Outstanding Climate Research: The 2013 Köppen Award goes to Hamburg and Vienna

Two new talents have managed to impress the Wladimir Peter Köppen Award judges. The committee announced today that Franziska Strauss from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and Sebastian Bathiany (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, doctorate from the University of Hamburg) have been awarded the prize in recognition of...

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People don't put a high value on climate protection


People don't put a high value on climate protection
Without further incentives selfish behaviour will continue to dominate


People are bad at getting a grip on collective risks. Climate change is a good example of this: the annual climate summits have so far not led to specific measures. The reason for this is that people attach greater value to an...

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Plant diversity may affect climate–vegetation interaction

In a new study, published in Nature Geoscience, Prof. Dr. Martin Claussen, director of the department "The Land in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and Chair of the Hamburg Cluster of Excellence "Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP)", and researchers of his team analysed ​​to what extent...

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E-Mail change

We are changing the E-Mail service provider for the 

Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology on October the 4th 2013.
To access your Mailbox you have to reconfigure your E-Mail applications.
You will find guidelines and  detailed information on the following webpage:

http://mpimet.mpg.de/en/email.html

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Interview with Hartmut Graßl on occasion of the EMS Silver Medal

"At first I was afraid of physics, so I studied meteorology instead."

On September 11, Prof. Hartmut Graßl, Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and Professor Emeritus at the Meteorological Institute at the University of Hamburg, will receive the highest distinction from the European Meteorological Society, for his...

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MPI-M and DKRZ are leaving the pavilion

In September 2013 the demolition work at the so-called pavilion will start. The pavilion was an interim home for the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) for many years. It was built in two phases 1988 and 1991 behind the Geomatikum at Bundesstraße. The idea was to bridge a short transition...

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No evidence for imminent large methane release

In the current issue of the scientific journal Nature, German scientists explain why a large, imminent release of methane from thawing sub-sea permafrost is a rather unlikely event. The correspondence was motivated by a Opens external link in current windowrecent article in the same journal which calculated vast economic costs based on the assumption that such methane release was...

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Climate Change: Ocean acidification amplifies global warming

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), Dr. Katharina Six, Dr. Silvia Kloster, Dr. Tatiana Ilyina, the late Dr. Ernst Maier-Reimer and two co-authors from the US, demonstrate that ocean acidification may amplify global warming through the biogenic production of the marine sulfur component dimethylsulphide (DMS).

It is common...

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The MPI-M mourns the passing of Ernst Maier-Reimer

On Monday, 22nd of July 2013, Ernst Maier-Reimer died from complications following his cancer surgery. He was only 69 years old. Ernst was an exceptional scientist. He was the towering figure in ocean-model development at the MPI-M for almost 35 years. Ernst single-handedly developed a whole string of ocean models; his landmark achievement was in...

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New Analysis: Expedition records from 1925 confirm the warming of the Atlantic

From 1925 to 1927 the first German research ship "Meteor" undertook a major expedition on the Atlantic, the findings of which are still considered a treasure trove for climate researchers today. Working together with his colleagues Dr. Johann Jungclaus and Dr. Helmuth Haak from the Hamburg-based Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), the...

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