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Project Retrograde — imagine Earth rotated in the opposite direction

The rotation of Earth shapes our climate system in various ways: It controls the major wind directions, lets the weather systems swirl, and, together…

World Climate Conference 2017: These are the major challenges

Dr. Dirk Notz, from the department "The Ocean in the Earth System", talks about the world climate conference in Bonn. The interview focuses on…

ICON-ESM – MPI-M´s next-generation Earth system model

Climate and Earth system models are applied to simulate the past, present, and projected future climate, and to advance understanding of processes…

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…

When Will Arctic Sea Ice Be Gone?

Dr. Dirk Notz, from the department „The Ocean in the Earth System“, talks about the ice in the Antarctic and how it will disappear. First, he…

HD(CP)² - cloud-resolving simulation over Germany through ICON HighRes

It has been a long-standing question whether climate change can be traced back to human activities. In order to answer it more precisely and to…

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Do clouds make the wind blow? Airborne investigations of the interplay between clouds and circulation

Which climate effects do clouds have? Under what conditions do they warm or cool the atmosphere? And what role do clouds play in shaping the…

To what extent do aerosol particles in the atmosphere mask the effects of greenhouse gases?

Prof Bjorn Stevens is Director in the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth system” and speaks about his research and the question: To what extent…

New study: Cooling by aerosols weaker and less uncertain

The new study "Rethinking the lower bound on aerosol forcing" in the Journal of Climate, written by Prof. Bjorn Stevens, director at the Max Planck…

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…

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