Climate Protection: Deep Decarbonization by 2050 Currently Not Plausible

Today the Hamburg-based Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society” (CLICCS) publishes a new, essential study on climate futures. The study represents the first systematic attempt to investigate whether a climate future with net-zero carbon emissions is not only possible but also plausible. The authors examine plausibility from a…

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ESM2025: Earth System Models for the future

ESM2025, an ambitious European project on Earth System Modelling, coordinated by Météo France-CNRM, is now official. The project started on 1 June 2021 and is funded with 11 Mio € from the European Commission's H2020 programme. ESM2025 relies on an international team of 19 European institutes (from seven European countries: Austria, Belgium,…

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One step closer to a new generation of Earth System Models

NextGEMS, an ambitious European project to develop a new generation of Storm-resolving Earth System Models (SR-ESMs), is now official.

On May 28, 2021 the EU and 26 partners from 13 European countries and one from Africa (Senegal) signed the grant agreement that will fund NextGEMS as a four year, 11 Mio €, Horizon 2020 project, starting on…

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Could the deglaciation of Snowball Earth have started in the mid-latitudes?

A new study, led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), investigates the question which conditions could have triggered the terminal deglaciation of a hard Snowball Earth. Philipp de Vrese, Tobias Stacke, Jeremy Caves Rugenstein, Jason Goodman and Victor Brovkin found that the thawing of a fully glaciated planet could…

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Response of high-latitude ecosystems to temperature overshoot scenarios

High-latitude soils contain almost twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, and the fate of this frozen organic matter under ongoing climate change is not well understood. Two recent studies led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) are focused on the response of high-latitude ecosystems to temperature overshoots –…

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Relative humidity is key in quantifying Earth’s changing climate sensitivity

In a new paper by Stella Bourdin, Lukas Kluft and Bjorn Stevens the authors found a dependence of climate sensitivity on the given distribution of relative humidity. Lead author Stella Bourdin visited the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology for an internship when she was a masters student from…

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The Gender Equality Plan of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology: Equal opportunities for MPI-M employees

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) has renewed its Gender Equality Plan (GEP) to further facilitate equal opportunities for all genders and to support compatibility for family life and career. The GEP of MPI-M is an institute specific policy, which responds to guidelines set forth by the Max Planck Society. In it, targets and actions…

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Hauke Schulz wins AGU´s Outstanding Student Presentation Award

The American Geophysical Union awarded the “Outstanding Student Presentation Award” to Hauke Schulz. He is a PhD candidate in the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and received the award for his presentation “Characterization and Evolution of Organized Shallow Convection” during the…

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Climate response to emissions reductions due to COVID-19: Initial results from CovidMIP

In a new publication in Geophysical Research Letters led by Chris D. Jones from the Met Office Hadley Centre, in Exeter, UK, a group of 49 scientists from different institutions including Wolfgang Müller, Tatiana Ilyina, Claudia Timmreck, Hongmei Li, and Michael Botzet from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), addressed one of the…

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Documentation of JSBACH published

Today, JSBACH is the land component of the two Earth System models at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), MPI-ESM and ICON-ESM. Work on it started in the early 2000s. At that time, Ernst Maier-Reimer was already routinely using his HAMOCC model of ocean biogeochemistry in the ocean-atmosphere coupled model MPI-OM/ECHAM (in those days…

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