Chetankumar Jalihal continues his research as a Humboldt Fellow

Dr Chetankumar Jalihal, a postdoc at MPI, successfully applied for a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral scientists. Since January 2023, he continues his research in the research group "Physics of the Ocean" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology - now focusing on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and the monsoon.

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Dr Jalihal studies the climate of the last 150,000 years using a combination of complex Earth system models and simple theoretical models. The paleo perspective has the potential of throwing a new light on monsoon and its variability, especially during transitions between ice ages and warm climatic states. This means that he uses climate data that come from times before instrumental measurements were possible.

Within the framework of the Humboldt Research Fellowship, he now wants to use the paleo perspective to decipher the variability of the monsoon. Since the monsoon influences the lives of nearly 2 billion people in South Asia, understanding its variability in a changing climate is of great importance. To this end, Chetankumar Jalihal will conduct sensitivity experiments with the fully coupled Max Planck Institute Earth System Model (MPI-ESM). The consistent modeling of climate that this will enable will explore the physical link between the AMOC and the monsoon.

What is a Humboldt Research Fellowship?

Scientists* from abroad with above-average qualifications who are at the beginning of their scientific career can apply to the Bonn Foundation for a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship. This gives fellows the opportunity to carry out a long-term research project of their own choice (6-24 months) in cooperation with an academic host of their own choice at a research institution in Germany.

Further information

About Chetankumar Jalihal
Working group “Physics of the Ocean"
Humboldt Foundation


Dr Chetankumar Jalihal  
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: 040 41173 181
Email: chetankumar.jalihal@we dont want

Uwe Mikolajewicz
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: 040 41173 243
Email: uwe.mikolajewicz@we dont want