Claudia Stephan has been accepted into the Elisabeth Schiemann Kolleg

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Dr. Claudia Stephan, Minerva Fast Track group leader in the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) has been accepted into the Elisabeth Schiemann Kolleg of the Max Planck Society. She is the first researcher at MPI-M to be included in this select group of outstanding young female…

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Only eddy-resolving models capture the complete range of AMOC responses to surface winds

The eddying deep AMOC branch in the high-resolution configuration of the ocean model MPI-OM (we show a snapshot of the flow speed in 2000 m depth). © MPI-M/DKRZ

In a new paper, Veit Lüschow, Jin-Song von Storch and Jochem Marotzke from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology show that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation could respond unexpectedly to anticipated future changes in the winds near Antarctica: Besides increasing the northward transport of warm water near the surface, stronger winds…

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The Arctic polar vortex response to volcanic forcing of different strengths

Large volcanic eruptions can inject sulfur containing gases into the stratosphere where they build sulfate aerosols. These particles, on the one hand, scatter incoming sunlight away from the Earth, resulting in a temporary global mean surface cooling. On the other hand, they absorb infrared radiation and thereby warm the lower stratosphere. These…

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Climate Protection: Deep Decarbonization by 2050 Currently Not Plausible

Today the Hamburg-based Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society” (CLICCS) publishes a new, essential study on climate futures. The study represents the first systematic attempt to investigate whether a climate future with net-zero carbon emissions is not only possible but also plausible. The authors examine plausibility from a…

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ESM2025: Earth System Models for the future

ESM2025, an ambitious European project on Earth System Modelling, coordinated by Météo France-CNRM, is now official. The project started on 1 June 2021 and is funded with 11 Mio € from the European Commission's H2020 programme. ESM2025 relies on an international team of 19 European institutes (from seven European countries: Austria, Belgium,…

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One step closer to a new generation of Earth System Models

NextGEMS, an ambitious European project to develop a new generation of Storm-resolving Earth System Models (SR-ESMs), is now official.

On May 28, 2021 the EU and 26 partners from 13 European countries and one from Africa (Senegal) signed the grant agreement that will fund NextGEMS as a four year, 11 Mio €, Horizon 2020 project, starting on…

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Could the deglaciation of Snowball Earth have started in the mid-latitudes?

A new study, led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), investigates the question which conditions could have triggered the terminal deglaciation of a hard Snowball Earth. Philipp de Vrese, Tobias Stacke, Jeremy Caves Rugenstein, Jason Goodman and Victor Brovkin found that the thawing of a fully glaciated planet could…

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Response of high-latitude ecosystems to temperature overshoot scenarios

High-latitude soils contain almost twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, and the fate of this frozen organic matter under ongoing climate change is not well understood. Two recent studies led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) are focused on the response of high-latitude ecosystems to temperature overshoots –…

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Relative humidity is key in quantifying Earth’s changing climate sensitivity

In a new paper by Stella Bourdin, Lukas Kluft and Bjorn Stevens the authors found a dependence of climate sensitivity on the given distribution of relative humidity. Lead author Stella Bourdin visited the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology for an internship when she was a masters student from…

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The Gender Equality Plan of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology: Equal opportunities for MPI-M employees

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) has renewed its Gender Equality Plan (GEP) to further facilitate equal opportunities for all genders and to support compatibility for family life and career. The GEP of MPI-M is an institute specific policy, which responds to guidelines set forth by the Max Planck Society. In it, targets and actions…

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