In cooperation with the the meteorology group of Prof. Johannes Quaas, we are intrigued by the crucial role clouds play in the complex field of climate change. One of our primary inquiries delves into understanding the influence of aerosol particles on cloud behavior, and how this, in turn, affects the delicate equilibrium of the Earth’s energy budget.
As temperatures rise, cloud formations may undergo significant transformations, influencing various climatic variables and feedback loops. By closely examining the behavior of clouds in a changing climate, we aspire to glean invaluable insights into potential feedback mechanisms, which could either amplify or mitigate the effects of global warming.
To answer these questions, we use the ICON (Icosahedral Nonhydrostatic Weather and Climate Model) climate models, which we use to simulate and predict climate scenarios across different time and space scales. These models are essential tools in our research.