Modern climate models and climate simulation
Arriving at AWI, the students had the opportunity to learn about different climate models through three guest lectures. Especially exciting was the modeling of tsunamis, where physical and numerical aspects, such as the generation of suitable grids and the use of appropriate solution methods were discussed during the lecture. A subsequent tour of the AWI Computing Center showed the students the high computing power requirements of modern climate simulations.
Research under extreme environmental conditions
In order to be able to simulate climatic phenomena, it is necessary to collect a lot of data, some of which has to be obtained under extreme environmental conditions. For example, AWI researchers use specially equipped research airplanes to enter ice-covered areas of the Arctic or Antarctic. The students of the Elite Graduate Program “Scientific Computing” were allowed to visit one of these aircrafts in the AWI hangar. In addition, it was explained which research equipment is used or how special research equipment can be mounted on the aircraft.
Experiencing climate at Klimahaus Bremerhaven
The students were able to find out how diverse the climate is and what extreme environmental conditions are caused by it at Klimahaus Bremerhaven. On the guided tour through this climatic world of experience, different countries along the 8th degree of longitude were passed through. Each station provided insight into the average temperatures, the culture and way of life of the people in this region, and the effects of climate change on these parts of the world. Especially this climatic interaction made the visit to Klimahaus Bremerhaven a highlight for many students.
Text: Maximilian Bauer, Coordinator of the Elite Graduate Program "Scientific Computing"