Climate models are highly complex computer programs that try to express the climate system in mathematical equations. They can be used to create so-called climate projections that show possible developments in the climate. CEN scientists also use, develop and refine climate models for special needs. For example, to map the climate in the atmosphere or in cities more precisely.
Supercomputer "Levante" was inaugurated at DKRZ
The new supercomputer Levante was inaugurated on September, 22, 2022 at DKRZ with high-ranking representatives from politics and science. The welcoming speeches were followed by two panel discussions on the challenges of climate research, which highlighted Hamburg's excellent reputation as a...
Sizzling Hot Summers in Southern Europe: Record Highs Aren’t Due to Climate Change Alone
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Even though our weather apps often promise otherwise, reliable weather forecasts can only be made for the next few days. That’s not good enough to predict hot summers. Conversely, even though good climate models can predict several decades into the future, they’re too imprecise for such...
Weather and Climate: Now in 3D
What will the weather be like tomorrow, or the climate be like 20 years from now? Today, these questions are answered using complex computational models that spit out lists of numbers as long as your arm. These tremendous amounts of data often have to subsequently be transformed into graphics...
Universität Hamburg develops comprehensive new climate model
An ongoing research project at Universität Hamburg is intended to achieve a quantum leap in the quality of climate modeling. For the first time, all available measuring and observational data gathered worldwide over the past 50 years will be integrated. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has...
So funktioniert Klimamodellierung
Photo: Deutsches Klimakonsortium (DKK)
Klimaneutralität heißt das Ziel und die Debatten über den Weg dorthin sind in vollem Gange. Um es zu erreichen, sind tiefgreifende Veränderungen notwendig. Warum dies wichtig ist, zeigen Klimasimulationen. Ohne sie bleibt Klimapolitik blind. Wie Klimamodelle funktionieren und warum sie...
How much is the Atlantic heating up our weather?
The Atlantic is generally considered to be Europe’s “weather kitchen” – bringing heat from the tropics to our coasts, it plays a critical role in predicting the weather. Nevertheless, it usually takes a backseat when it comes to forecasting: though atmospheric processes are closely monitored...
Climate predictions: Sometimes less is more
What will the climate be like two years from now – or ten? Though these medium-term predictions don’t have a particularly good track record, they are extremely important for policymakers and the agriculture and energy sectors, not to mention insurers. As an innovative new approach shows...
Coastlines at risk: Higher waves due to climate change
A team of researchers has mapped out how much waves are likely to change around the globe under climate change and found that if we can limit warming to 2 degrees, signals of wave climate change are likely to stay within the range of natural climate variability. The study was just published in...
“It’s not enough to gather climate data”
Possible for the first time: reliable three-month forecasts for European winters
Photo: Dave Haas, CCO