First version of ICON-A model released

The first version of the atmospheric component of the ICON-ESM (ICON-A) has been finalized and documented for use in climate studies by the community. The climate simulated by ICON-A is comparable to its well and long-established predecessor, ECHAM6.3, but comes with the advantage of the more flexible and computationally efficient/scalable ICON...

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New study finds possibility of drastic and rapid climate shift in simulations with land-only planets

Sirisha Kalidindi and her colleagues Dr Christian H. Reick, Dr Thomas Raddatz and Prof Martin Claussen from the department "The Land in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) have found a new type of instability leading to a fast planetary scale climate shift. Their findings have recently been published and...

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ESRP meeting in Göttingen

The annual meeting of the Earth System Research Partnership, composed of Max Planck Institutes and associated institutes, took place from 6 to 8 June 2018. This year's host and joint organizer of the meeting with the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology...

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Non-linear responses of the stratosphere and the European climate to global warming

The effects of global warming are experienced in terms of changes in meteorological phenomena, such as the storms that reach Europe, from their region of origin in the western North Atlantic. Dr Elisa Manzini and Dr Luis Kornblueh from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), and Dr Alexey Y. Karpechko from the Finnish Meteorological...

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In climate policy, it can’t be “five minutes to midnight” forever

In a commentary for Nature Geoscience, Dr Oliver Geden, guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), argues that climate scientists tend to misconceive the relevance of the remaining carbon budget for mitigation action. To communicate effectively, climate researchers need to understand policymaking processes and incentives...

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Bessel research awardee Philip Stier at MPI-M

Prof. Philip Stier, Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Oxford and currently guest at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), was selected by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to receive the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. Award winners are honored for their outstanding research record and invited to spend a...

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When the plants wilt, the rain comes

One basic distinction between land and ocean is the fact that the land can dry out. In a recent study, Dr Cathy Hohenegger and Prof Bjorn Stevens from the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) demonstrated that this is of fundamental importance for the spatial distribution of...

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Girls´Day 2018 at MPI-M

On 26 April 2018, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) took part in the Germany-wide Girls' Future Day Girls´Day, providing 15 young girls with insights into climate research.

The Girls´Day has been taking place since 2001 and is a career day for schoolgirls from the fifth grade upwards. On this day, the girls get to know different...

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Climate researchers from Taiwan visiting MPI-M

Eight scientists from National Science and Technology Center for Desaster Reduction (NCDR) and Academia Sinica Research Center for Environmental Changes visited the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology on 24th of April 2018.

The aim of the visit was a practical exchange between MPI-M and Taiwanese institutions about new accomplishments in climate...

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IPCC appoints new authors: scientists from Hamburg assume important functions for sixth IPCC report

Scientists of Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and Universität Hamburg will take over the important function of being authors of the sixth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC chose seven scientists as Lead Authors, one of whom will have coordinating functions, and Review Editors. Together with...

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