The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (German: Max Planck Institut für Meteorologie) is internationally renowned for climate research. It analyses and investigates changes and disturbances to the climate through complex earth system models which simulate countries and oceans. In cooperation with other Max Planck Institutes across Germany, the Institute for Meteorology seeks to determine the effects of urbanisation, industrial development and a change in land use on the atmosphere and biosphere.
In collaboration with the University of Hamburg and the CliSAP cluster of excellence, the Max Planck Institute aims to build a network of competence and education for climate research.
The Max Planck Institute has three main research departments, as well as several more independent research groups. These three main groups look at the atmosphere, the ocean and the land in the Earth system.
The atmosphere research group looks at the atmosphere's role in the climate, and uses complex models and satellite observations to research the atmospheric system's importance. In researching the ocean, the ocean's role in the climate dynamic is explored. The ocean's influence on the atmosphere is huge, and the Max Planck institute uses biogeochemistry to investigate sea ice and other influencing factors. Finally, the land research group investigates how regional habitats, and the changes to these habitats, affect the climate. Through mathematical models and satellite observations, the institute looks at the interactions between climate, land and the role of human development.
Several independent research groups are also based at the Max Planck Institute, which research into a variety of climate issues, such as fire in the earth system, forest management and sea ice. All of these areas can be researched as a part of doctoral work, contributing towards a PhD.