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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…

Photo: Award of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Prof. Dr. Klaus Hasselman

Federal Order of Merit for Klaus Hasselmann

Prof. Klaus Hasselmann, founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and Nobel Laureate in Physics 2021, was honored with…

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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…

Portrait Chetan Jalihal

Chetankumar Jalihal wins Roddam Family Medal for best PhD thesis

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) awarded the Roddam Family Medal for the best PhD thesis in 2020 to Dr. Chetankumar (“Chetan”) A. Jalihal, who…

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A curious symmetry in the distribution of tropical precipitation

A curious symmetry in the distribution of tropical precipitation is that it rains as much over land as it does over the ocean, in both cases about 3…

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