Understanding cloud organization from satellite images

In order to better understand cloud structures more than 60 scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the Laboratoire Météorologie Dynamique (LMD), France, classified ten thousand satellite images into four types of organization. They now challenge interested people in a competition to join and build a machine learning...

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HALO as a cloud observatory: the NARVAL expeditions

Aircrafts have long been used to sample clouds, now the German research aircraft HALO (High-Altitude LOng-Range) has been configured as a mobile cloud observatory. In June 2019 edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Prof Bjorn Stevens, director of the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck...

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Gravity waves in convection-permitting simulations

In a new study published in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences Dr Claudia Stephan and Dr Hauke Schmidt from the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) together with scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the German Meteorological Service (DWD) present the first intercomparison...

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Starting signal for German Marine Research Alliance

On 18 July 2019 the administrative agreement for the German Marine Research Alliance was signed by the Federal Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek and her colleagues from the German states Hamburg, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Lower Saxony. The German Marine Research Alliance is an initiative of the...

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Humboldt Research Awardee Pierre Friedlingstein at MPI-M

Prof Pierre Friedlingstein, a world-leading scientist from the University of Exeter, UK, with outstanding achievements in the field of biospheric research and climate-carbon cycle feedback analysis, has received the prestigious Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. During the years 2019 – 2020 he will stay for 6 months at ...

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Sedimentation effects on stratocumulus lifetime more important than previously thought

Stratocumulus clouds are efficient in cooling the Earth’s atmosphere by reflecting incoming solar radiation back to space. However, predicting the lifetime of stratocumulus clouds remains a challenge and one important reason for that is the limited understanding of how stratocumulus clouds mix with the free-tropospheric air above them.  

In a new...

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Supporting Members of the Max Planck Society visit the MPI-M

During the 70th Annual Meeting of the Max Planck Society (MPS), which takes place in Hamburg this year, around 70 supporting members of the MPS visited the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ).

The supporting members are important multipliers for the concerns of the MPS and also contribute...

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MPI-M at Hamburg´s science festival “Sommer des Wissens”

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) takes part in this year's science festival "Sommer des Wissens" at the Rathausmarkt in Hamburg. From 20 to 23 June, Hamburg's scientists will be presenting their diverse research. Around 40 research institutions in four large theme tents offer fascinating insights into the environment, technology,...

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New method for evaluating Earth System Models

In a new study published in Climate of the Past and highlighted by the journal, Anne Dallmeyer, Victor Brovkin and Martin Claussen from the department "Land in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) have developed a method to uniformly "biomize" vegetation distributions calculated by Earth System models, i.e. to...

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Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited climate researchers in Hamburg

On 21st of May, 2019, foreign minister Heiko Maas visited the cluster of excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS)” at Universität Hamburg. He underlines that expertise, as it is generated in CLICCS, is necessary to convince politicians of the reality of climate change.

Before a meeting with his counterparts of the Baltic states...

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