IBS/ICCP Supercomputer Aleph to boost climate research in South Korea

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On 25 April 2019, the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and the IBS Center for Climate Physics  (ICCP) celebrated the opening of their supercomputer Aleph. About 80 people attended the opening ceremony at the IBS headquarter. Participants included IBS President Doochul Kim, Climate Change Center Chairman Chang-Nee Kang, University of Science & Technology President Kil-Choo Moon, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology President Woong-seo Kim, Prof.

Natural climate processes overshadow recent human-induced Walker circulation trends


A new study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that the recent intensification of the equatorial Pacific wind system, known as Walker Circulation, is unrelated to human influences and can be explained by natural processes. This result ends a long-standing debate on the drivers of an unprecedented atmospheric trend, which contributed to a three-fold acceleration of sea-level rise in the western

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.

Feature 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.