Online course on climate change now also in English

The scientific association Deutsches Klima-Konsortium (DKK) and the non-governmental organization WWF Germany produced a free online course on climate change "Climate Change, Risks and Challenges". Prof Jochem Marotzke, Dr Tatiana Ilyina and Dr Marco Giorgetta, all scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, contributed actively to it....

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New theory for radiatively driven shallow circulations

In a new study recently accepted in the Journal of Atmospheric Science, Ann Kristin Naumann, Bjorn Stevens, Cathy Hohenegger and Juan Pedro Mellado from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) show that shallow circulations driven by radiative differences can be as strong as those driven by surface temperature differences.

The scientists...

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New study: Why European winters were so cold during the Little Ice Age

Our common conception of the Little Ice Age (LIA), the relatively cold climate period that climaxed in the 16th-18th centuries, is strongly influenced by painters like Brueghel the Elder or Avercamp and their famous genre scenes of winter hardships and pleasures in icy landscapes. These idealized representations of daily life are nonetheless...

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The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned institute for climate research. Its mission is to understand Earth's changing climate.

The MPI-M comprises three departments and, together with the University of Hamburg, an international PhD programme:

The Atmosphere in the Earth System

The Land in the Earth System
The Ocean in the Earth System
PhD Programme IMPRS-ESM

In addition the institute hosts independent research groups focused on the following topics: