New group at MPI-M: Observations, Analysis and Synthesis (OAS)

In May 2019 the new group "Observations, Analysis and Synthesis (OAS)", led by Dr Peter Landschützer, started in the department "The Ocean in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M). The group combines, extrapolates and interprets various observations of the Earth System from satellite data through shipboard data to data from autonomous sampling devices to improve our understanding of the physical and biogeochemical processes driving the uptake of carbon and heat in the global ocean and their impact on climate-relevant timescales.

The group uses a wide variety of tools from classical statistical analysis through data mining and artificial neural networks to synergize all available in-situ information and provide new constraints to evaluate Earth System Models and improve future projections and short-term predictions.

While one focus is on the global ocean, the group further sets focus on ocean regions, such as the Southern Ocean, the Arctic Ocean and the coastal ocean, where data are sparse and novel techniques are required to meaningfully interpret the available observations. Besides the statistical analysis of existing observations, the group is further active in laboratory experiments and field measurements. Likewise, the group actively uses model output as a self-consistent testbed to improve the methods used and provide valuable information where future measurement campaigns are needed.

Dr Peter Landschützer
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: +49 (0) 41173 145
Email: peter.landschuetzer@we dont want