Researchers understand Earth’s climate system very accurately by now. For a long time, however, an important piece of the puzzle remained very elusive - the role played by vegetation and soils. Markus Reichstein has now finally succeeded in clarifying this important question.
How can we better prepare ourselves for tropical storms or droughts? Jochem Marotzke investigates fluctuations in the Atlantic’s ocean currents, which are a major factor in such extreme climatic conditions. He can precisely forecast them until 2014.