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End-of-century levels of extreme heat and drought are approaching Europe swiftly

Extreme heat and drought typical of an end-of-century climate could soon occur over Europe, and it could do so repeatedly. Laura Suarez-Gutierrez,…

How the Atlantic overturning got its observing system

The RAPID observing system has monitored the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) at 26.5°N since 2004. Many physical oceanographers…

Towards improved CO2 predictions

What factor limits the predictability of atmospheric CO2 concentration? Scientists from the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, in collaboration…

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Tatiana Ilyina new professor at Universität Hamburg and Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

Prof. Tatiana Ilyina, scientist and group leader of the Ocean Biogeochemistry group at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), was recently…

Methane emissions from Arctic ponds are sensitive to warming-induced vegetation changes

Arctic ponds are important sources of methane emissions, and knowledge on their role in the future methane budget is lacking. A new study led by…

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From the Arctic to the tropics: permafrost soils and methane

A new study led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, in collaboration with scientists from the University of Hamburg, shows…

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Permafrost hydrology plays an important role in global climate simulations, new study shows

Earth system models exhibit large inter-model differences in the simulated climate of the Arctic and subarctic zone, with varying sea ice…

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The effect of climate perturbations on the timing of Heinrich events

Throughout the last glacial period (ca. 65,000-15,000 years before present) periodic ice discharge events from the North American ice sheet, known as…

Is climate deterministic or stochastic?

Prof. Jin-Song von Storch shows in a new paper that climate variability on ultra-long timescales is, contrary to common understanding, not determined…

Component concurrency increases the parallel efficiency of Earth system models

In a recent study in the journal of Geoscientific Model Development Leonidas Linardakis and his colleagues demonstrate how coarse-grained component…

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How ice rises and rumples affect the Antarctic ice sheet

In a study in The Cryosphere, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology examined the effect of basal friction and sea level variation…

Illustration,Second “Hamburg Climate Futures Outlook” published: 1.5-degree goal not plausible

Social change more important than physical tipping points

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is currently not plausible, as is shown in a new, central study released by Universität Hamburg’s…

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