CliSAP: How long have you been interested in climate research? And why does it fascinate you?
Winter: I have been working in the field for over 20 years now. I feel climate variability can be compared to the physiology of the human body, in that there are many interconnections. Therefore, disruptions in one part of the system can have a rippling effect throughout the system. That’s what is so fascinating about the climate system.
CliSAP: What made you choose to visit the Cluster of Excellence CliSAP?
Winter: CliSAP offers an ideal community of researchers and expertise to work with and contribute to, that I hope I can do in the paleoclimate field.
CliSAP: Not everybody at the Cluster of Excellence is familiar with paleoclimatology. Could you explain in layman’s terms what you want to work on while you are at CliSAP?
Winter: Climate models have developed rapidly over the last few years, but still need to be refined with the help of observations. I hope that the observations that I bring from the paleo proxy community can ground the models in concrete facts to help make them more accurate.
CliSAP: Who are you working with at CliSAP, and where?
Winter: I am working with Uwe Mikolajewicz at the MPI. I usually work in room 216 in the ZMAW building
CliSAP: How will CliSAP benefit from your experience in the field of mathematical models? And what will you take with you when you go back home?
Winter: I work on many different types of (mostly) carbonate proxies (corals, sclerosponges and speleothems) that provide high-resolution information on past environmental conditions primarily from the Holocene (the last 10,000 years). These will improve our understanding of the past boundary conditions that are so critical to model development. And I will take home a much better appreciation of these models.
CliSAP: What is the goal of your trip?
Winter: A new collaboration, improved models, a better understanding of Earth system dynamics, and collaborative proposals.
CliSAP: Thank you for your time, and have a good stay in Hamburg!
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M)