The conference attracted experts from all fields of Earth system research, including the atmospheric sciences, oceanography, meteorology, hydrology, physics and mathematics. “We’re very pleased that we could bring the conference to Hamburg this year, and that such diverse disciplines were represented,” said Dr. Christian Franzke. “This year we saw a stimulating exchange of ideas across disciplines, with equal attention paid to theory and applications,” added Professor Johanna Baehr. Together with Professor Valerio Lucarini, Franzke and Baehr formed the organization committee for the event. The DAMES conference is held every two years at alternating locations. The 2016 conference was sponsored by Universität Hamburg’s Cluster of Excellence CliSAP.