Adger, Burton and O’Brien win BBVA Climate Change Award: “you need both adaptation and mitigation”

This year's recipients of the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change Category are Prof. W. Neil Adger (University of Exeter), Prof. Ian Burton (University of Toronto) and Prof. Karen O’Brien (University of Oslo). The laureates were announced by Prof. Bjorn Stevens, jury president and director at the Max Planck Institute for…

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Meteorological Society of Japan Publication Award for HD(CP)2 Added Value Paper


A group of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) were recognized for their co-authorship of the paper “The added value of large-eddy and storm-resolving models for simulating clouds and precipitation”, which was awarded the 2020 Meteorological Society of Japan Publication Award. The paper demonstrates the ability of models…

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New insight into the seasonal carbon dynamics of the global ocean

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and colleagues used a machine learning approach to reconstruct a monthly climatology of Mapped Observation-Based Oceanic Dissolved Inorganic Carbon (MOBO-DIC) in the upper ocean. The study, which has just been published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles, was led by Dr Lydia Keppler, from…

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Building the machine to provide the ultimate answer to the ultimate question

Prof. Bjorn Stevens, Director and Head of the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), held the keynote speech at this year´s virtual “SC20: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis” (SC20).

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New working group on modelling human-environmental interactions in the Anthropocene (HERMITIAN)

At the end of October 2020, the German Committee Future Earth (DKN) approved Prof. Julia Pongratz and Prof. Victor Brovkin to establish a working group for modeling human-environmental interactions in the Anthropocene (HERMITIAN).

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CO2 emission reductions only distinctly attributable in the atmosphere after a decade

In a new study Aaron Spring, Dr. Tatiana Ilyina and Prof. Jochem Marotzke, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), show that atmospheric CO2 concentrations fluctuate so much that a slowdown in CO2 increase would only be distinctly attributable to CO2 emission reductions after a decade.

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Robust detection of deforestation effects on climate takes decades

Globally, about 22 million square kilometres (Mio km2) of forest have been removed between AD 800 and 2015. This deforestation might double until 2100 under the most pessimistic land-use scenario. To understand how deforestation affects climate, carbon and water fluxes is very important in view of anticipated climate change mitigation and…

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Clouds and Climate — Climate Science’s Greatest Challenge

Prof. Bjorn Stevens, director and head of the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), and his colleagues Pier Siebesma (Delft University of Technology), Sandrine Bony (Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique), and Christian Jakob (Monash University) have edited a new book called “Clouds and…

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Q-ARCTIC - ERC Synergy Grant for Victor Brovkin

On 5 November 2020 the European Research Council (ERC) announced the groups of scientists, who are awarded a Synergy Grant in the 2020 call for proposals. MPI-M congratulates Prof Victor Brovkin, group leader in the department „The Land in the Earth System“ at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), to a grant for his proposal „Quantify…

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Global temperature modes shed light on the Holocene temperature conundrum

One of the hot topics in climate research is the evolution of the global mean temperature of the last several thousand years, the period from the so-called early and mid-Holocene, some 9000 to 8000 years ago, to the late Holocene, the time where we live in. Geological reconstructions of the global mean annual temperature evolution during this…

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