Science meets art

“The greatest scientists are artists as well,” said Albert Einstein. In line with this motto scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) competed with scientific plots for the crown of “Clim*art“ at a side event of this year’s institutes retreat from 21-23 November 2018. During the retreat the entire scientific staff of MPI-M met...

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Unconscious bias workshop at MPI-M

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) held a workshop about prejudices, stereotypes and finding strategies to circumvent them on November 5th,2018. Unconscious bias — what is that? In our everyday work we all encounter situations where we judge others — whether it is by the quality of their work, in job interviews, or in letters of...

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New CORAL system: A new high-powered lidar system for measuring at the edge of a cloud

After a three year development, the new lidar component of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) CORAL (Cloud-Observing Radar and Lidar) sent its first light during ground tests in Hamburg last month. 

With a target of a few seconds and few meters resolution, CORAL will allow scientists to observe the fine air structure in the vicinity...

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New study: What would happen to the climate system if Earth turned the other way around?

To further improve our fundamental understanding of the effects of the topography and rotation on the climate, a team of scientists performed and analyzed simulations with the Max Planck Institute Earth System Model (MPI-ESM), in which the rotation of Earth is reversed (retrograde). Their findings were recently published in Earth System Dynamics.

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Jin-Song von Storch appointed to Professor at Universität Hamburg

On 17 September 2018 Dr Jin-Song von Storch, deputy head of the department „The Ocean in the Earth System“ at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), was awarded the academic title „Professor“ by the Universität Hamburg. The title „Professor“ according to §17 of the Hamburg Act of Higher Education is awarded to persons who have...

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Granted: Hamburg cluster of excellence for climate research

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat, WR), and the Joint Science Conference in Bonn have announced that Universität Hamburg has been granted four clusters of excellence. The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is participating in the cluster...

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Max Planck Day: Three Hamburg Max Planck Institutes present their research on Hamburg´s historic subway

The Max Planck Institutes (MPI) are celebrating three anniversaries throughout Germany on 14 September: Max Planck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 100 years ago, he was born in Kiel sixty years before that and the Max Planck Society, founded 70 years ago, with its 85 institutes still embodies his investigative spirit today. Public activities...

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International workshop on unstructured-mesh modelling of the ocean at MPI-M

The annual International workshop on Multi-scale (Un)-structured-mesh numerical Modeling for coastal, shelf, and global ocean dynamic (IMUM) is being held from 11 to 14 September 2018 in Hamburg. This year's host and joint organizers of the meeting are the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the Max Planck Institute...

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Clumping pop-corn convection

Hauke Schulz and Prof. Bjorn Stevens, researchers in the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), show in their new study in the Journal of Atmospheric Science the first observational evidence of mechanisms, previously hypothesized based on modelling studies, leading to the...

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First hackathon at MPI-M

From 20 to 21 August 2018, scientists and programmers from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) met for the first time for a joint hackathon. The words "hack" and "marathon" make up the name for this special type of event. For 24 hours and free of any daily routine, the participants dealt...

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