Description of the organisation

MPI-M ( is dedicated to fundamental climate research. The overall mission of MPI-M is to understand how chemical, physical, and biological processes, as well as human behaviour contribute to the dynamics of the Earth system, and specifically how they relate to global climate changes. MPI-M develops a state- of-the-art MPI Earth System Model (MPI-ESM), which includes components dealing with the atmosphere (ECHAM), ocean and sea ice (MPIOM), land surface & biosphere (JSBACH), and oceanic biogeochemistry processes (HAMOCC). MPI-M acts as the focal point of climate research in Germany since 30 years, also contributing to integrated assessment studies and socio-economic/climate interactions. MPI-M is committed to make MPI-ESM available to the scientific community in Europe and elsewhere and to inform decision-makers and the public on questions related to Climate Change and Global Change. MPI-M manages an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Earth system modelling, which hosts approximately 50 PhD students.


Expertise particularly relevant for the project

MPI-M develops MPI-ESM and uses it to understand and project climate and carbon cycle dynamics, in particular under anthropogenic forcings. The MPI-ESM is used in the sixth phase of the coupled model intercomparison project (CMIP6) in concerted action with many other world leading climate centres, including groups developing other European ESMs (e.g., EC-Earth, IPSL-CM, UKESM). A strength of the MPI-M team is in joint efforts of land, ocean, and atmospheric departments on linking processes and feedbacks in the Earth system.


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