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BBVA Climate Change Award: Together researchers unlock the secrets of polar ice

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change category has gone to five European scientists whose pioneering research on…

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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,…

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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Peter Landschützer appointed research director at the VLIZ in Ostend

Dr. Peter Landschützer, scientist in the department "The Ocean in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and head of…

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Project EERIE: Ocean eddies for better climate projections

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is successfully involved in the new EU project EERIE (European Eddy-RIch Earth system models).…

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What controls the millennial-scale climate variability in simulations of the last deglaciation?

The transition between the last glacial maximum (LGM, about 21,000 years before present) and present, which is referred to as the last deglaciation,…

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Variability of the Earth system over the last 8000 years

After the peak of the last ice age about 21,000 years ago, the great ice masses that had covered large parts of North America and northern Europe…

CLICCS – A cluster of excellence for climate research – Which climate futures are possible and which are plausible?

The Paris climate agreement from December 2015 recognized that the world is warming and that humans are primarily responsible for it. This provided a…

Development of a high-resolution Earth System model and its application in CMIP6

Complex Earth system models, such as the model of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-ESM), have a reduced resolution for climate…

WCRP Grand Challenge: Carbon feedbacks in the climate system

There are natural processes in the Earth system that remove anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to limit climate change. These…

The hiatus in global temperature trends: No systematic error in climate models

Observations suggest a hiatus in global surface temperature since 1998, whereas most climate models simulate continued warming. What causes this…