Bjorn Stevens selected as 2017 Jule Charney Lecture recipient

Prof Dr Bjorn Stevens, director at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and head of the department "The Atmosphere in the Earth System", was selected the 2017 Jule Charney Lecture recipient by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Lecture Recipients are recognized by the AGU for outstanding contributions toward the advancement and promotion of...

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Otto Hahn Medal for Cedrick Ansorge

Dr. Cedrick Ansorge will receive the Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society (MPS). This medal will be for breakthroughs in the analysis and understanding of mixing in stably stratified planetary boundary layers, and will be presented during the MPS's Annual General Assembly in Weimar in June 2017.

Cedrick Ansorge worked in Juan Pedro Mellado`s...

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Location of air pollution has little influence on global radiation budget

Air pollution affects the global radiation budget. Where on Earth the pollution occurs, however, plays a minor role. Whether people pollute the air in Europe and the USA, or in East Asia, changes the global radiative forcing little. This is the result of a new study by Stephanie Fiedler, Bjorn Stevens and Thorsten Mauritsen at the Max Planck...

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Humboldt Research Awardee Ranga Myneni starts working at MPI-M

Prof. Ranga Myneni, a world-leading scientist with outstanding achievements in biospheric research and terrestrial remote sensing, was selected by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award. His host at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is Prof. Victor Brovkin, research group leader in...

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ICON Ocean and a New Numerical Approach in Ocean Modelling

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) has a long tradition in creating atmosphere and ocean general circulation models in order to pursue its scientific goals. The ICON project provides the framework in which this tradition is continued and in which MPI-M's modelling strategy is adapted to new emerging technologies in...

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New study on the differences of local climate effects of deforestation across scenarios

In a study published recently in the Geophysical Research Letters, Johannes Winckler, Christian Reick and Julia Pongratz, scientists in the department "The Land in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), investigate how local temperature responds to deforestation in different scenarios of climate and land use....

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New study challenges previous assumptions about the surface-warming ‘hiatus’

Many climate scientists claim the ocean caused the 1998-2012 surface-warming 'hiatus' by drawing heat downward, away from the Earth's surface. In a new study, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) challenge this view: the heat could also have been radiated upward from the surface into space, and the uncertainty in...

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New report: More rain in winter, more droughts in summer

Article by the Max Planck Society. Author: Ute Kehse.

A report by the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), which was coauthored by Dr Stefan Hagemann from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), summarizes the impact of climate change on Germany´s hydrological cycle.

Climate change not only involves rising temperatures - it also...

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MPI-M wins prize for science communication

The communications department at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) has won the third prize for science communication by the German science news portal Informationsdienst Wissenschaft (idw) for its press release "Quantifying the individual contribution to Arctic sea-ice melt". The prize was presented to Dr Annette Kirk, head of the...

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Cooperation agreement signed for seasonal climate predictions

Since 2009, Germany's National Meteorological Service Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), the University of Hamburg (UHH) and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) have been developing a system for climate prediction with a time horizon of a few months to half a year. This forecasting system, called German Climate Forecast System (GCFS), forms...

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