The aim of Research Area “Ocean and Climate” is to disentangle the role of the oceans in climate change by studying relevant events and processes in past climate evolution. The research activities are guided by the following objectives:
- What is the role of the ocean in generating and amplifying climate changes?
- What is the impact of ocean-circulation changes on terrestrial environments, specifically on the hydrological cycle at low latitudes?
- What is the role of the ocean in linking climate variability between low and high latitudes?
We use paleoclimatic records and earth-system modeling for quantifying natural variations of the oceanic environment and its interaction with the other components of the climate system prior to the instrumental era.