Our Directors

At present, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology has three departments and three directors. They take turns in dressing the office of managing director at certain intervals after consultation within the board.

Director of the Department Climate Physics

My long-term goal at the institute is to better understand how physical processes, particularly clouds and convection, determine the behavior and sensitivity of the climate system. Probably one of the most important influences on our global and regional climate is the planetary albedo. What is it that determines the distribution of clouds and thus the planetary albedo? How variable can cloud distributions be? How do clouds and moisture processes perturb  the system? Modern simulation and observation systems offer new opportunities to ultimately answer these fundamental and long-standing questions.

Prof. Dr. Bjorn Stevens

Phone: +49 (0)40 41173-421
bjorn.stevens@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de

Angela Gruber

Phone: +49 (0)40 41173-422
Fax: +49 (0)40 41173-430
angela.gruber@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de

Director of the Department Climate Dynamics

We aim to advance our fundamental understanding of global climate dynamics by employing a unique research strategy that involves systematically combining a hierarchy of models with principle-based theories. Our focus centers on exploring the mechanisms that govern large-scale climate change patterns across various regions, from the tropical Pacific to the polar areas, and understanding the interconnections of these regions. A key aspect of our research involves investigating tightly coupled multi-scale processes – cloud radiation, atmospheric circulation, and ocean dynamics.

Sarah M. Kang, PhD

Phone: +49 (0)40 41173-437
sarah.kang@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de

Elke Lord

Phone: +49 (0)40 41173-438
elke.lord@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de

Managing Director and Director of the Department Climate Variability

The research subject of my department is all questions concerning the role of the ocean in the past, present and future climate. This includes studies with observational data as well as simulations of the present climate, model development, predictability experiments, and performing scenario calculations.

Prof. Dr. Jochem Marotzke

Managing Director
Phone: +49 (0)40 41173-440
jochem.marotzke@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de

Kornelia Müller

Phone: +49 (0)40 41173-311
kornelia.mueller@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de

Cornelia Kampmann

Phone: +49 (0)40 41173-467
cornelia.kampmann@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de

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About our institute

Our institute is an internationally known institute for climate research. The goal of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology is to understand how and why the climate on our planet is changing.

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Department Climate Physics

Our research focuses on understanding how atmospheric water conditions the behavior of the climate system. This leads to efforts to answer specific questions such as how cloud processes set the planetary albedo ...

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Department Climate Variability

Our department uses models, observations, and theory to investigate the role of the ocean in climate variability and climate change on all timescales from hours to millennia ...

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