Climate Dynamics Group

Group Leader: Thorsten Mauritsen 


Earth’s changing climate is in fascinating ways shaped by atmospheric processes feeding back on climate change, by increasing water vapor, retreating snow and ice, or changing cloudiness. We study how dynamical and moist processes, clouds and convection control Earth’s climate sensitivity, hydrological cycle change, and natural variability.


The groups strength lies in exploiting climate models to gain understanding. Thereby we often seek the simplest framework that is still fit for the question at hand, for instance applying aquaplanets without continents, or run our models in radiative-convective equilibrium (RCE) to approximate tropical conditions. We apply advanced feedback analysis techniques, including radiative kernels, partial radiative perturbations or feedback locking, and we actively develop and tune the institutes models, ECHAM, MPI-ESM and ICON.