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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The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned institute for climate research. Its mission is to understand Earth's changing climate.

The MPI-M comprises three departments and, together with the University of Hamburg, an international PhD programme:

The Atmosphere in the Earth System

The Land in the Earth System
The Ocean in the Earth System
PhD Programme IMPRS-ESM

In addition the institute hosts independent research groups focused on the following topics: