Earth System Modes of Operation (ESMO)

 
Earth System Modes of Operation (ESMO)
In this working group, the dynamics and feedbacks of the coupled Earth system (both in the past and the future) are investigated.(c) David Mark / pixabay

About the working group

We investigate the state of the coupled Earth system in the past and in the future. We explore a wide range of research topics, including past climate change and biodiversity loss, the co-evolution of the climate and Earth's biosphere, the stability of Earth-system components, trajectories of the Earth system in the Anthropocene, shifts in oceanic and atmospheric circulation patterns, and the increase of extreme events in a warming world.

Working Group Leader:

Dr. habil. Georg Feulner



Related Projects

Key questions

  • What can we learn from past hothouse periods and biodiversity crises about the future of the Earth system in the Anthropocene?
  • How has the Atlantic ocean circulation evolved in the past and how will it change in the future?
  • What are the causes and impacts of more frequent weather extremes in a warming world?
  • What are the potential future trajectories of the Earth system under continued human forcing?

Team ESMO