Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology

Bundesstr. 53

20146 Hamburg, Germany


Email: marie.kapsch@we dont want

Phone: +49-40-41173-181

Office no.: B120 


Department: The Ocean in the Earth System

Research Group: Ocean Physics

Project: PALMOD 


Research Interests

  • Climate variability
  • Ice sheets
  • Sea ice
  • Atmosphere-ice interactions
  • Paleoclimate/climate transitions


  • Schannwell, C., Mikolajewicz, U., Ziemen, F., and Kapsch, M.-L.: Sensitivity of Heinrich-type ice-sheet surge characteristics to boundary forcing perturbations, EGUsphere [preprint],, 2022.
  • Kapsch, M.-L., Mikolajewicz, U., Ziemen, F., & Schannwell, C., 2022. Ocean response in transient simulations of the last deglaciation dominated by underlying ice-sheet reconstruction and method of meltwater distribution. Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2021GL096767. doi:10.1029/2021GL096767.
  • Kageyama, M., Harrison, S. P., Kapsch, M.-L., Lofverstrom, M., Lora, J. M., Mikolajewicz, U., Sherriff-Tadano, S., Vadsaria, T., Abe-Ouchi, A., Bouttes, N., Chandan, D., Gregoire, L. J., Ivanovic, R. F., Izumi, K., LeGrande, A. N., Lhardy, F., Lohmann, G., Morozova, P. A., Ohgaito, R., Paul, A., Peltier, W. R., Poulsen, C. J., Quiquet, A., Roche, D. M., Shi, X., Tierney, J. E., Valdes, P. J., Volodin, E., and Zhu, J., 2021. The PMIP4 Last Glacial Maximum experiments: preliminary results and comparison with the PMIP3 simulations. Clim. Past, 17, 1065–1089, doi:10.5194/cp-17-1065-2021.
  • Kapsch, M.-L., Mikolajewicz, U., Ziemen, F. A., Rodehacke, C. B., and Schannwell, C., 2021. Analysis of the surface mass balance for deglacial climate simulations. The Cryosphere, 15, 1131–1156, doi:10.5194/tc-15-1131-2021.
  • Renoult, M., Annan, J. D., Hargreaves, J. C., Sagoo, N., Flynn, C., Kapsch, M.-L., Li, Q., Lohmann, G., Mikolajewicz, U., Ohgaito, R., Shi, X., Zhang, Q., and Mauritsen, T., 2020. A Bayesian framework for emergent constraints: case studies of climate sensitivity with PMIP. Clim. Past, 16, 1715–1735, doi:10.5194/cp-16-1715-2020.
  • Fettweis, X., Hofer, S., Krebs-Kanzow, U., Amory, C., Aoki, T., Berends, C. J., Born, A., Box, J. E., Delhasse, A., Fujita, K., Gierz, P., Goelzer, H., Hanna, E., Hashimoto, A., Huybrechts, P., Kapsch, M.-L., King, M. D., Kittel, C., Lang, C., Langen, P. L., Lenaerts, J. T. M., Liston, G. E., Lohmann, G., Mernild, S. H., Mikolajewicz, U., Modali, K., Mottram, R. H., Niwano, M., Noël, B., Ryan, J. C., Smith, A., Streffing, J., Tedesco, M., van de Berg, W. J., van den Broeke, M., van de Wal, R. S. W., van Kampenhout, L., Wilton, D., Wouters, B., Ziemen, F., and Zolles, T., 2020. GrSMBMIP: Intercomparison of the modelled 1980–2012 surface mass balance over the Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere, 14, 3935–3958, doi:10.5194/tc-14-3935-2020.
  • Ziemen, F. A., Kapsch, M.-L., Klockmann, M., and Mikolajewicz, U., 2019. Heinrich events show two-stage climate response in transient glacial simulations. Clim. Past,15, 153–168,  doi:10.5194/cp-15-153-2019.
  • Kapsch, M.-L., N. Skific, R. G. Graversen, M. Tjernström, and J. A. Francis, 2019. Summers with low Arctic sea ice linked to persistence of spring atmospheric circulation patterns. Clim. Dyn., 52, 2497–2512, doi:10.1007/s00382-018-4279-z.
  • Mikolajewicz, U., Ziemen, F., Cioni, G., Claussen, M., Fraedrich, K., Heidkamp, M., Hohenegger, C., Jimenez de la Cuesta, D., Kapsch, M.-L., Lemburg, A., Mauritsen, T., Meraner, K., Röber, N., Schmidt, H., Six, K. D., Stemmler, I., Tamarin-Brodsky, T., Winkler, A., Zhu, X., and Stevens, B., 2018. The climate of a retrograde rotating earth. Earth Syst. Dynam.9, 1191-1215, doi:10.5194/esd-9-1191-2018.
  • Mortin, J., G. Svensson, R.G. Graversen, M.-L. Kapsch, J.C. Stroeve, and L.N. Boisvert, 2016. Melt onset over Arctic sea ice controlled by atmospheric moisture transport. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 6636-6642, doi:10.1002/2016GL069330.
  • Kapsch, M.-L., R.G. Graversen, M. Tjernström, R. Bintanja, 2016. The effect of downwelling longwave and shortwave radiation on Arctic summer sea ice. J. Clim., 29,1143-1159, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0238.1.
  • Kapsch, M.-L., 2015. The atmospheric contribution to Arctic sea-ice variability. PhD thesis, Stockholm University, Sweden. [Download here
  • Kapsch, M.-L., R. G. Graversen, T. Economou, and M. Tjernström, 2014. The importance of spring atmospheric conditions for predictions of the Arctic summer sea ice extent. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 5288–5296, doi:10.1002/2014GL060826.
  • Kapsch, M.-L., R. G. Graversen, M. Tjernström, 2013. Springtime atmospheric energy transport and the control of Arctic summer sea-ice extent. Nature Clim. Change, 3, 744–748, doi:10.1038/nclimate1884. 
  • Kapsch, M.-L., M. Kunz, R. Vitolo, T. Economou, 2012. Long-term trends of hail-related weather types in an ensemble of regional climate models using a Bayesian approach. J. Geophys. Res., 117, D15107, doi:10.1029/2011JD017185.
  • Kapsch, M.-L., 2011. Longterm variability of hail-related weather types in an ensemble of regional climate models. Diploma thesis, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany. [Download here]
  • Kapsch, M.-L., H. Eicken, M. Robards, 2010. Sea ice distribution and ice use by indigenous walrus hunters on St- Lawrence Island, Alaska. In: SIKU: Knowing Our Ice: Documenting Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use; edited by I. Krupnik, C. Aporta, S. Gearheard, L. Kielsen Holm, G. Laidler. Springer, Berlin. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-8587-0_5.