Max Planck Institute for Meteorology welcomes Hasselmann-fellow Lin Lin

The 2024 Nobel Laureate Fellowship will be awarded to Lin Lin who will start her project in February hosted by the Department Climate Variability. In the working group Climate Energetics, led by Jin-Song von Storch, awardee Lin Lin will focus on the interpretation of unforced climate variability, which is planned to be explained in terms of two approaches: a system-approach and a process-approach.

Internal climate variability arises spontaneously through processes and feedbacks within the climate system and is therefore part of natural variability. Lin explains how her work will be organized: “Quantifying the climate responses to external forcing and identifying the contribution of inherent dissipation in the climate model with the Max Planck Institute Earth System Model is an important part of my project.” Inherent dissipation refers to processes within the model, such as friction processes, turbulence and other forms of energy transfer and loss. Such investigation will follow the system-approach.
In parallel, Lin Lin plans to analyze the link between the internal variability and the hydrodynamic processes, such as mesoscale or submesoscales eddies (process-approach). She reasons: “Such understanding would be particularly crucial as it clarifies the sensitivity of the climate model to external forcing and fluctuations, further improving the understanding of climate model prediction ability.”

Lin Lin’s research interests hook up with the Climate Energetics’ work motivation to study the Earth's climate as a high-dimensional forced dissipative system by two approaches: one is systems-oriented, and the other one is process-oriented.

In recognition of their outstanding achievements, Nobel Laureates of the Max Planck Society have the opportunity to award a Nobel Fellowship to a postdoctoral researcher. These up to 3-year Nobel Laureate Fellowships offer outstanding young postdoctoral talents a unique insight into the research of Nobel Laureates at the Max Planck Institutes.

Further Information

Working Group Climate Energetics


Dr. Lin Lin
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
lin.lin@we dont want