News & Events


North Atlantic Session at the EGU General Assembly 2020 in Vienna

RACE members Richard Greatbatch and Monika Rhein, and their colleague Bablu Sinha will convene session OS 1.7: The North Atlantic: natural variability and global change at the EGU General Assembly 2020 in Vienna, Austria. The session will be closely linked to the Nansen Medal Session, Awardee is Richard Greatbatch.

The North Atlantic exhibits a high level of natural variability from interannual to centennial time scales, making it difficult to extract trends from observational time series. Climate models, however, predict major changes in this region, which in turn will influence sea level and climate, especially in western Europe and North America. In the last years, several projects have been focused on the Atlantic circulation changes, for instance OVIDE, RACE, OSNAP, and ACSIS. Another important issue is the interaction between the atmosphere and the ocean as well as the cryosphere with the ocean, and how this affects the climate.

Contributions from observers and modelers on the following topics are welcome:

  • climate relevant processes in the North Atlantic region in the atmosphere, ocean, and cryosphere
  • atmosphere – ocean coupling in the North Atlantic realm on time scales from years to centuries (observations, theory and coupled GCMs)
  • interpretation of observed variability in the atmosphere and the ocean in the North Atlantic sector
  • comparison of observed and simulated climate variability in the North Atlantic sector and Europe
  • response of the atmosphere to changes in the North Atlantic
  • dynamics of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation
  • variability in the ocean and the atmosphere in the North Atlantic sector on a broad range of time scales
  • changes in adjacent seas related to changes in the North Atlantic
  • role of water mass transformation and circulation changes on anthropogenic carbon and other parameters
  • linkage between the observational records and proxies from the recent past

Deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2020. Further information here

Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows risks of a slow reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

Global warming through greenhouse gas emissions has already reached 1°C above the preindustrial level. The new Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reveals the resulting consequences for people and ecosystems:

  • The oceans are warmer, more acidic, and less productive.
  • Glaciers, ice sheets and permafrost are melting.
  • Rising sea levels are causing more severe extreme events at the coasts.

The report shows the benefits of fast and effective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and conversely, escalating costs and risks of delayed action. More info here

Past and future changes in the ocean and cryosphere (all frozen components of the earth system) for low (blue) and high (red) greenhouse gas emissions (image: IPCC, Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate)

RACE-PI Dagmar Kieke was honored for outstanding PhD supervision

The University of Bremen for the first time awarded a prize for outstanding PhD supervision. The prize acknowledges exceptional work and engagement in the support of early career scientists. In total, 80 PhD supervisors of all departments of the University of Bremen were nominated for the prize. We are very happy that RACE-PI Dagmar Kieke was honored with a second place for her special engagement! More info here.

Dagmar Kieke (front row, second from left) at the award ceremony for outstanding PhD supervision (picture: Copyright Harald Rehling/Universität Bremen)


3 – 8 May 2020 canceled to minimize the impact of COVID-19

Vienna, Austria

RACE Statusseminar

Delayed until autumn 2020

OceanObs’19 Meeting

16 – 20 September 2019

Honolulu, USA