HYBRID: Climate variability from the local to the global scale

A lecture in the "Physics & Pizza" series (held in English)

Mo, 13.03.2023 18:15  –   Mo, 13.03.2023 20:15
Prof. Dr. Kira Rehfeld, Universität Tübingen, Department of Geoscience and Department of Physics, Professor of Climatology and Biosphere
Magnus-Haus Berlin
Am Kupfergraben 7, 10117 Berlin, Germany

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This lecture will be held in presence at Magnus-Haus and can be followed online at the same time. Use the links above to register your attendance in person on site or to receive access data for online attendance. No admission after the start of the event. Please do not participate if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection (cold symptoms).

Topic: Substantial climate variability occurred over the last 5 million years, marked by increasing Glacial cycles. Yet with industrialization, human influence began to overprint natural variability of the Earth system. With advances in climate modelling, past climate and environmental reconstruction, and physics-informed statistics we can stitch together a spatio-temporal perspective on the evolution of the climate system. The spectrum of climate, arising in response to forcing, boundary conditions and internal dynamics can then be determined, highlighting achievements and prevailing limitations of climate models with regards to simulating climate variability from local to global scales.

CV: Kira Rehfeld studied computer science, medical physics, and physics at Heidelberg University. She then worked on quantifying spatio-temporal relationships in climate during her PhD at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research and HU Berlin until 2013. Since 2018 she leads the Emmy Noether group STACY. Since 2021 she holds the professorship for Climatology at Tübingen University. To study Earth system dynamics, her group runs climate model experiments, studies ice cores, speleothems and pollen as environmental recorders, combining this with complex systems science. They focus on climate model abilities for simulating climate variability, the role of forcing processes for the continuous spectrum of climate, and carbon dioxide removal.

Following the lecture, there will be a get-together where participants can exchange ideas with each other over pizza and drinks in the Remise and the garden of the Magnus-Haus.

The event is sponsored by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.