Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics
The Earth's climate arises from a complex interplay between the oceans, the atmosphere, sea and land ice, the vegetation, the biogeochemical cycles, and the solid Earth, and the influence of external factors. The feedbacks between the different climate subsystems and the variability of the climate system on different timescales are only partly understood. Climate modelling provides a useful tool to investigate variability and feedbacks in a systematic way. The performance and sensitivity of climate models can be tested against instrumental observations and paleo reconstructions. Modelling efforts cover the whole range of climate fluctuations from past climate variability to future climate evolution taking into account natural drivers and anthropogenic influences.
- internal climate variability at seasonal to centennial time scales
- seasonal to decadal predictability
- simulation of past climate variation
- anthropogenic climate change
- model development
The models used in our group: