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A 1.5°-2° warmer world in the future - Lessons from the past

In a paper now published online in Nature Geoscience ( an international team of researchers led by Hubertus Fischer has investigated the long-term response of the Earth System in the future using periods in climate history that were warmer than preindustrial. The study shows that marine and terrestrial ecosystems will spatially shift and sea level will rise by several meters over the next thousands of years even under strict mitigation scenarios as foreseen in the Paris Agreement. This stresses the need for climate models to include such long-term effects to forecast the full spectrum of Earth System changes to come.

Nature Geosciences, 27.6.2018

CEP PhD Day 2018

An enthusiastic group of scientists gathered at the First PhD Day of CEP to discuss ongoing projects, exchange personal experiences and foster new collaboration. This stimulating event has highlighted the breadth of our research ranging from the development of innovative analytical tools, measurement of new paleoclimatic records from ice cores and tree rings, design and application of models of the physical-biogeochemical climate system on time scales from years to a million years, and to radioisotope environmental physics.




Hubertus Fischer awarded Hans Oeschger Medal

During the last European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna Hubertus Fischer was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal 2018. In his medal lecture he recalled the history of how rapid climate changes in the last glacial, the so called Dansgaard Oeschger events, were discovered. He summarized how latest progress in paleoclimate reconstructions and in ice core science in particular has pushed forward our understanding of the interaction of atmosphere and ocean changes in the global propagation of DO events.

EGU, 11.4.2018