Sea ice as Pacemaker for Abrupt Climate Change


A recent study on ‘Sea ice variability in the southern Norwegian Sea during glacial Dansgaard-Oeschger climate cycles’ co-authored by Axel Timmermann, the Director of the IBS Center for Climate Physics has been published in the journal Science Advances on March 7, 2019. This study provides evidence for substantial variations in past sea ice cover in the Norwegian Sea, which were instrumental in triggering and amplifying global abrupt climate change during the last glacial period. 

The Great Adventure of 'Aegi' Now Releases


This video features ‘Aegi’. Aegi is a little emperor penguin from Antartica who embarks on a journey to learn more about climate change and its impacts on the Southern Hemisphere. In this short road movie, we see Aegi travel on the Korean ice-breaker Araon and visit the Cray factory in Wisconsin, where supercomputers for climate research are being build. She then follows the transport of one of these impressive machines to the city of Daejeon in South Korea.

Interview with Keith Rodgers, Ph.D.


Keith Rodgers is a Senior Research Fellow at the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP). After an education in Physics from the Reed College, Keith got his M.S. in Engineering Mechanics and Ph. D. in Oceanography from the Columbia University in the United States. He worked as a research scientist in the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOS) in Princeton University after completing his post-doctoral studies in France and Germany.

Malte F. Stuecker featured on Radio Ecoshock

Malte F. Stuecker, an Assistant Project Leader at the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP) had an interview with Radio Ecoshock, a weekly radio show broadcast covering latest science, authors, issues on climate changes, etc. He talked about why the Arctic warms faster based on his latest paper on ‘Polar amplification dominated by local forcing and feedbacks’, published in Nature Climate Change (2018). 

ICCP researchers learn how to use Supercomputer Aleph


On January 16th to 17th, Cray held a supercomputer training for scientists at the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP).  Dr. Muyoung Heo, ICCP’s supercomputing manager, started off the training by introducing ICCP users to the design of the supercomputer Aleph, and it’s the system architecture. Aleph is a liquid-cooled Cray XC50 system which is connected to Lustre parallel file system and a data archive. The training workshop continued with a more in-depth lecture on the usage of the system by Beom-Soo Kim from Cray Korea Inc.

Feature Interview with Malte F. Stuecker, Ph.D.


Malte F. Stuecker is an Assistant Project Leader at the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP). Prior to joining ICCP in May 2018, he was a NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences department, after receiving his German Diploma in Marine Environmental Science from the University of Oldenburg, Germany and his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Hawaii, USA.

Ocean Book Published



The long-awaited book, ‘Climate Change and the Oceans’, authored Esther Gonstalla, infographics designer and Axel Timmermann, Director of the ICCP came out.

This book, which is written for the general public in South Korea, introduces the reader to the issues of global warming, sea level rise, ocean acidification and hypercapnia in an easy-to-understand way and with lots of graphic illustrations. The authors hope to raise awareness for climate change and its effects on the oceans.

ICCP Climate Day Introduces High School Students to the Science of Global Warming


On December 19th, 2018, the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP) held its second ‘Climate Day’. About 30 students and teachers from Mandeok High School and Dongrae Girls High School participated in the afternoon program, which offered a mixture of lectures, hands-on experiments and discussions. The main purpose of ICCP’s Climate Day is to disseminate climate knowledge to the next generation and to raise scientific curiosity among high school students.


Oh, H., K.-J, Ha, and A. Timmermann featured as cover article of Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Atmospheres (27 August 2018) 


A new study authored by ICCP researchers (PhD student Hyo-eun Oh, Prof. Kyung-Ja Ha and Director Axel Timmermann) and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research identifies key drivers for extreme monsoonal rainfall events and periods.