Online course on climate change now also in English

The scientific association Deutsches Klima-Konsortium (DKK) and the non-governmental organization WWF Germany produced a free online course on climate change "Climate Change, Risks and Challenges". Prof Jochem Marotzke, Dr Tatiana Ilyina and Dr Marco Giorgetta, all scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, contributed actively to it....

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New theory for radiatively driven shallow circulations

In a new study recently accepted in the Journal of Atmospheric Science, Ann Kristin Naumann, Bjorn Stevens, Cathy Hohenegger and Juan Pedro Mellado from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) show that shallow circulations driven by radiative differences can be as strong as those driven by surface temperature differences.

The scientists...

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New study: Why European winters were so cold during the Little Ice Age

Our common conception of the Little Ice Age (LIA), the relatively cold climate period that climaxed in the 16th-18th centuries, is strongly influenced by painters like Brueghel the Elder or Avercamp and their famous genre scenes of winter hardships and pleasures in icy landscapes. These idealized representations of daily life are nonetheless...

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Why are shallow cumuli bigger and stronger over land than over ocean?

In a new study appearing in the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Dr. Mirjana Sakradzija and Dr. Cathy Hohenegger, both scientists in the group "Clouds and Convenction" at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MP-M) in the department "The Atmosphere in the Earth System", identified key processes influencing the size of clouds. The questions why...

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Committed warming inferred from observations

Concerted efforts around the world are now being made to limit global warming to less than 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius. But how far are we from passing these thresholds? Climate models have been used to estimate this emission headroom, but a new study by Thorsten Mauritsen from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and Robert Pincus from...

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Partner programme at G20 summit: Professor Sauer invites to talks from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and the German Climate Computing Centre

On July, 7th, Professor Martin Claussen, Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), and Professor Thomas Ludwig, Director of the German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ), welcomed the partners of the heads of state and government of the G20 summit on the premises of the Hotel Atlantic.

Host and quantum chemist Professor...

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The MPI-M mourns the loss of Alexander Löw

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) mourns the loss of its former colleague and group leader Professor Dr Alexander Löw. He lost his life in a tragic traffic accident on Sunday, July 2nd.

Alex Löw received his PhD and his habilitation at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) before he joined the MPI-M in January 2009. He was...

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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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