The projects below support research work in the department of Marine Meteorology.



Titel: Nationale Klimamodellierungsinitiative PalMod - From the last Interglacial to the Anthropocene

PalMod is a modeling project designed in 3 phases. While Phase I and II of PalMod focused on model development and validation, Phase III is intended as a production phase. The main goal of the project is to understand the spectrum of climate variability from the last interglacial period through the last ice age to the present and to project the climate of the next millennia using comprehensive Earth system models under different scenarios.
A central scientific question is the investigation of non-linear processes in the coupled climate system that could lead to extreme events in the atmosphere and oceans. For the first time, we will be able to explicitly answer questions about the acceleration of sea level rise, abrupt climate changes due to restructuring of atmospheric or oceanic circulations, or the response of permafrost on land in a warming world.

Project period: August 2015 - September 2026
Funding agency: BMBF
Coordination: GEOMAR
Contact: Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif​​​​​​​


Titel: Assessing meridional vis-à-vis zonal mechanisms of the Atlantic Niño

The Atlantic Niño, also referred to as Atlantic zonal mode or equatorial mode, is the leading mode of interannual sea-surface temperature variability in the equatorial Atlantic. It is associated with profound climatic impacts over the adjacent African and South American continents and drives near-global atmospheric teleconnections, which, for example, exert influences on the European climate and Indian summer monsoon. Knowledge of the equatorial mode’s state could enhance the prediction of major El Niño events in the tropical Pacific and its far- reaching impacts. NOVEL will offer new insights into the mode’s dynamics and predictability, and guide targeted model improvement.

Project period: 01.2021 - 05.2024
Funding agency: DFG
Coordination: GEOMAR
Contact: Hyacinth Nnamchi

MATICS (Field Study)

technology/knowledge transfer project

Oceans play a vital role in human activities but are also submitted to an increasing pressure. Numerical tools, such as "digital twins" of the oceans permit to forecast the ocean environment at different time scale, ranging from short-term weather to long-term climate. Accurate forecasts directly benefit to the maritime industry, such as transportation or energy production. The Field Study Fellowship aims to assess market opportunities and define practical use cases in collaboration with blue economy enterprises to enhance operational readiness and planing.
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