The Earth and Solar System Research Partnership

The Earth and Solar System Research Partnership (ESRP) pools research excellence across disciplines to understand how the Earth functions as a complex system and to improve the predictability of the effects of human actions. It encompasses the four Max Planck Institutes, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. Over the last century, marked changes in climate, air quality, biodiversity, and water availability occurred. More and potentially more rapid changes are predicted. To find solutions to the challenges these changes pose, the ESRP studies the complex interactions and feedbacks of land, ocean, atmosphere, biosphere and humans in the field, the lab and through models.

KlimaCampus Hamburg

Research institutions, universities and federal authorities have come together in an initiative, the KlimaCampus Hamburg. The aim is to communicate scientific findings and provide a basis for decision-making. The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) cooperates with other climate research institutes in the Hamburg metropolitan region as a founding member of KlimaCampus Hamburg. Joint KlimaCampus Hamburg activities include the hosting of a joint Colloquium series, sponsorship of joint outreach, public relations and educational events as well as cooperation in teaching research. Cooperation within the KlimaCampus Hamburg is particularly strong with the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) and institutes within the Universität Hamburg's Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN). Through this cooperation MPI-M researchers pursue joint research projects, maintain joint research infrastructure, offer a rich palette of advanced courses and supervise research projects for masters and PhD students. PhD student supervision takes place in the context of a joint MPI-M/CEN doctoral programme, the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM).

Exzellenzcluster CLICCS

MPI-M is significantly involved in the new Cluster of Excellence CLICCS (Climate, Climatic Change and Society) at Universität Hamburg. CLICCS is funded until 2025 by the German Research Foundation as part of the Excellence Initiative of the Federal Government. CLICCS focuses on the question of which climate futures are possible and which are plausible. CLICCS examines how the climate and thus society is changing - and how this in turn affects the climate. Prof Marotzke is deputy spokesman of the Cluster of Excellence and head of the thematic area on understanding the dynamics of the climate system. Prof Claußen, Prof Stevens and four other group leaders are represented in CLICCS as Principal Investigators or Project Chairs.

German Meteorological Service

The MPI-M cooperates closely with the German Meteorological Service (DWD) on a national level. In this cooperation, many years of experience in the analysis and modelling of the Earth system are bundled for mutual benefit. The cooperation serves to exploit the synergies between weather forecasting, climate simulation, environmental forecasting (interaction of air admixtures with the atmosphere), process studies, data assimilation and re-analysis and to jointly develop and maintain a comprehensive, seamless, globally and regionally applicable modelling system ("Seamless Modelling Framework") for these fields of application (ICON). The development and maintenance of such a flexible modelling system requires an increasing effort in the areas of software design and optimal use of modern high-performance computers. The cooperation partners strive to minimize this effort. Besides the joint ICON model development there is a close cooperation with the Hans-Ertel-Center for Weather Research (HErZ) initiated by the DWD and the research group "Precipitating Convection” in the department "The Atmosphere in the Earth System".

ARC (Australian Research Council) Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

MPI-M is an international partner of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes with Prof Bjorn Stevens and Dr Cathy Hohenegger from the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System”. The ARC Centre aims to transform understanding of past and present climate extremes and revolutionize Australia’s capability to predict them into the future. Climate extremes cost Australia up to $4 billion a year and will intensify over coming decades. This Centre’s blue-sky research will discover processes that explain the behavior of present and future climate extremes. It will use its researchers, data, modelling, collaboration, graduate program and early career researcher mentoring to transform Australia’s capacity to predict climate extremes. This research is expected to make Australia more resilient to climate extremes and to minimize risks from climate extremes to the Australian environment, society and economy.