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When sediment samples reveal the past’s secrets: James Zachos and Ellen Thomas win BBVA Climate Change Award

This year’s recipients of the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change Category are paleoclimatologists Prof. James Zachos (University…

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Chenbo Guo becomes head of administration at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

Chenbo Guo took over the position of head of administration at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) from her predecessor Reiner Letscher…

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Florian Schütte appointed junior professor at GEOMAR

Dr. Florian Schütte, scientist in the department “Ocean in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, will become junior…

Original NASA Blue Marble photo left, visualization right. Credit: MPI-M, DKRZ, NVIDIA

Revisiting the Blue Marble: ICON simulating the coupled climate system at 1 km

The early 1970s is often associated with the birth of the modern environmental movement. In 1970 the first Earth day was celebrated, and Greenpeace…

Cloud-base view of trade cumuli

Observations show: assumption of a large trade cumulus reduction with global warming refuted

The response of trade cumulus clouds to warming is a major uncertainty in climate projections. In the last decade, a hypothesis was developed…

Climate feedback to stratospheric aerosol forcing: the key role of the pattern effect

In a recent study Moritz Günther, Hauke Schmidt, Claudia Timmreck (all MPI-M), and Matthew Toohey (University of Saskatchewan) argue why the cooling…

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Large-scale research project PalMod: What have we learned?

The PalMod project (short for paleo-modeling), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), investigates the climate…

Federal Minister Stark-Watzinger visits MPI-M and DKRZ

An autumn tour of Germany's scientific landscape also took the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, to Hamburg on…

The conundrum of forest expansion after the last ice age

How fast the Northern Hemisphere forest macro ecosystem tracks strongly warming climates such as projected for the near future is largely unknown. In…

Figure: Global 1.2 km ICON-ESM simulation with zoom on the Agulhas stream

Technical milestone reached: global Earth system simulations with 1.2 km resolution

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) has opened a new chapter in Earth System Modelling that has been a dream for climate scientists and…

Savannah with mountains of Ennedi Plateau in the background

Earth´s orbit and greenhouse gas concentrations influence African humid periods

In a new study, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology have investigated what caused African humid periods to vary in duration and…

Photo: Supercomputer Levante in bluish light

One of a kind in Germany: New high-performance computer for Earth system research inaugurated

A new supercomputer named “Levante” was inaugurated at the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) on 22 September 2022. For the Max Planck Institute…

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