Photo: Half of mankind is living next to the coast. Sea level rise can become a risk. Credit: J. Zapata / unsplash

Using sea-level rise to define climate targets

One major consequence of global warming is the rising sea level. A study conducted at Universität Hamburg’s Cluster of Excellence for climate research CLICCS by Dr Chao Li, scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and his colleagues now shows:

Photo von Prof Kerry Emanuel in Lexington

Kerry Emanuel winning BBVA Climate Change Award

This year´s recipient of the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change Category is the American scientist Professor Kerry Emanuel. 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).

Photo Prof Tim Palmer, University of Oxford, UK and Prof Bjorn Stevens, Max Planck Society, Germany

A CERN for Climate Change

In a Perspective article appearing in this week's Proceedings of the (USA) National Academy of Science (PNAS), Prof Tim Palmer (University of Oxford, UK), and Prof Bjorn Stevens (Max Planck Society, Germany), critically reflect on the present state of Earth system modelling.

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:


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