News about the Earth Solar systems Research Partnership
May 30-31, 2022
Annual meeting of the Earth and Solar System Research Partnership in Jena
March 2, 2022
Summit at the German-Brazilian research tower in the Amazon
At the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO), the research station of a joint German-Brazilian project in the Brazilian rainforest, scientists have been studying the ecosystems of the Amazon and their interactions with the atmosphere and climate for more than 10 years. Recently, representatives of the Brazilian Ministry of Research and foreign ambassadors visited the station. On site, Research Minister Pontes promised million-dollar investments in Amazon research and also in ATTO. This is intended to further expand the infrastructure and strengthen research in Brazil.
August 19, 2021
Future methane concentration underestimated in climate change scenarios
In a new study in Environmental Research Letters Dr Thomas Kleinen and Prof Victor Brovkin, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), together with Dr Sergey Gromov and Dr Benedikt Steil, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPI-C), showed that the changes in methane concentration under future warmer climate conditions have been severely underestimated.
June 8, 2021
ESM2025: Earth System Models for the future
ESM2025, an ambitious European project on Earth System Modelling, coordinated by Météo France-CNRM, is now official. The project started on 1 June 2021 and is funded with 11 Mio € from the European Commission's H2020 programme. ESM2025 relies on an international team of 19 European institutes (from seven European countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK) and an Australian University.
November 5, 2020
Success through synergies - Nine ERC Synergy Grants for Max Planck
Nine scientists of the Max Planck Society, including scientists from the MPI for Biogeochemistry and the MPI for Meteorologie, have won one of the much-coveted Synergy Grants 2020 of the European Research Council ERC.
Gerneral press release of the MPS (for the press releases of both institutes, please click on the name)
September 16, 2020
Balzan Prize for Susan Trumbore
The Balzan Prize is regarded as one of the most prestigious international awards. This year, Susan Trumbore, Earth System scientist from Jena is among the 4 prize winners.
July 21, 2020
The Amazon Rainforest: an important „Critical Zone“ of the Earth
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry teamed up with Brazilian filmmaker Barbara Marcel, who embarked on an adventure to capture different exchanges in the Amazon Rainforest.
July 11, 2020
Interactions between land ecosystems, atmosphere, and climate
Dr. Sönke Zaehle was recently appointed as new director at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry. Since May 1, 2020 he is heading the new Department of Biogeochemical Signals. The geo-ecologist investigates how terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere influence each other and which role nutrient cycles play in this interaction.
January 17, 2020
Clouds from every angle
The EUREC4A field study is aimed at solving one of the great mysteries in relation to climate change
December 5, 2019
Markus Reichstein receives Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
„I also see the award as an acknowledgement of Earth System Science as a whole, which has become more than just climate science and, as a young branch of research, is now at least on an equal level with more classical sciences. The Earth and Solar System partnership of the Max Planck Society with institutes in Mainz, Hamburg, Göttingen and Jena has certainly contributed to its visibility“, emphasizes Reichstein.
Mit künstlicher Intelligenz das Erdsystem verstehen
Unsere Erde wird zunehmend bedroht durch eine wachsende Bevölkerung, das sich ändernde Klima und sich häufende Extremereignisse. Eine heute im Fachjournal Nature veröffentlichte Studie von Jenaer und Hamburger Wissenschaftlern zeigt nun, dass Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) maßgeblich dabei helfen kann, das Klima und das Erdsystem besser zu verstehen.
February 22, 2018
Biological soil crusts endangered by global change
Model calculations predict a decrease of 25 to 40 percent in biological soil crusts through persisting global warming and increasing land use.
January 11, 2018
Silicon Content of the Oceans 15,000 Years Ago Higher than Today
Millennia-old glass sponges once again prove to be highly informative climate archives
October 27, 2017
Reducing manure and fertilizers decreases atmospheric fine particles
A decrease of agricultural ammonia emissions avoids mortality attributable to air pollution
October 19, 2017
Nearly nine billion more tonnes of CO2 through El Niño
For the first time, satellite data have quantified the extra amount of the greenhouse gas CO2 released into the atmosphere during an El Niño year. Drought-weakened vegetation absorbs less CO2.
August 1, 2017
Into the unknown - high altitude research aircraft explores the upper levels of the Asian Monsoon
International team of scientists investigates air at altitudes up to 20 km – Researchers from Mainz develop specialized instrumentation for the analysis of dust particles in the stratosphere.
December 21, 2016
Self-amplifying chemical mechanism explains severe winter haze events in China
In the aqueous phase of aerosol particles, nitrogen and sulfur oxides can react with each other and rapidly form high concentrations of fine particulate matter through a previously unrecognized mechanism.
October 24, 2016
Amazon rain helps make more rain
In the Amazon region, downdrafts bring aerosol particles from higher altitudes to the atmospheric layer where clouds form
January 22, 2016
Study on rainforest atmosphere raises new questions
Large amounts of yet unidentified trace gases are involved in self-cleaning process of the air – isoprene alone cannot explain the loss rate of hydroxyl radicals in tropical regions.
December 01, 2015
Soil crusts emit nitrogen oxides and nitrous acid
A Mainz study shows that biological soil crusts release large quantities of reactive nitrogen compounds
August 19, 2015
ATTO inauguration ceremony in the Brazilian rain forest
The Brazilian National Institute of Amazonian Research, the University of the State Amazonas and the Max Planck Society are opening a 325 meter high measurement tower in the Amazon rain forest
July 16, 2015
Flying 100,000 kilometers through the monsoon
Atmospheric researchers investigate the impact of the monsoon on air quality and climate change
October 07, 2014
Cloud towers above the Amazon
Scientists have successfully studied the formation of clouds and precipitation above the Brazilian rainforest with the research aircraft HALO
August 16, 2014
325 meters for climate research
The Max Planck Society and the National Institute for Amazon Research INPA are laying the foundations for the ATTO - the German and Brazilian Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory.
December 10, 2013
First Measurement Flight: Research Aircraft HALO Explores Trade Wind Clouds
Which climate effects do clouds have? Under what conditions do they warm or cool the atmosphere? Today, after more than five years of preparation, the specially equipped research aircraft HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft) takes off for its first measurement flight in atmospheric research.
March 25, 2013
Old toxic substances return from the deep sea
Model study shows: Pesticides and industrial chemicals which were released decades ago continue to reach the food chain – currents transport poisonous substances to new marine regions
Mainz, Frankfurt, October 28, 2012
Frequent Flyer Program for Atmospheric Researchers
Flying Observatory Travels Two Million Kilometers – Fraport AG Supports Research Project with €600,000
JOINT PRESS RELEASE OF THE MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR CHEMISTRY AND THEFRAPORT AG
November 07, 2012
Pontifical award for Max Planck Chemist from Mainz
Ulrich Pöschl is awarded the Pius XI Gold Medal of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Press release of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
October 30, 2012
€ 2.75 million EU grant for cloud researcher Stephan Borrmann
The Mainz physicist is awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for research on the aerosol composition in the upper atmosphere
July 07, 2012
German-Californian commitment for the Earth
Five Max Planck Institutes and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of San Diego cooperate to explore changes in the Earth system
03 June 2012
Wallflowers of the Earth system
Algae, lichens, and mosses take up huge amounts of carbon dioxide and nitrogen from the atmosphere and thus also influence the climate
Press release of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
22 May 2012
Probability of contamination from severe nuclear reactor accidents is higher than expected
Western Europe has the worldwide highest risk of radioactive contamination caused by major reactor accidents
06 Jan 2012
Multi-year prediction of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation at 26.5 °N possible
Climate scientists from the MPI for Meteorology and from the University of Hamburg have now shown for the first time that the strength of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation at 26.5 °N can be skillfully predicted for up to four years. Their results have been recently published in Science.
04 Jan 2012
Cloud research at extreme altitudes
Scientists succeed in the world's first aerosol particle sampling from polar stratospheric clouds for a better understanding of ozone depletion