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Max Popp

Email: max.popp @ lmd.jussieu.fr
Phone: +33 1 44 27 23 14



Research Interests

I study the interaction between atmospheric heating/cooling such as is caused by convection or radiative absorption and the tropical large-scale circulation. For this purpose I perform simulations with climate models in idealized settings, and analyze existing simulations from the Climate Model Intercomparison Project as well as reanalysis and observational datasets. The focus of my current work lies on the influence of convective organization in the tropical rainbelts on the mean meridional circulation.

Furthermore, I am interested in more general climate problems such as the state-dependence of the climate response to radiative forcing, the climate response to periodic radiative forcings, the influence of meridional gradients in optical depth on climate, and the change of the tropical large-scale circulation with global-mean surface temperature. In the past, I have worked on several topics related to planetary science such as climate instabilities under strong radiative forcings, the emergence of very warm climates, Moist Greenhouse states, the initiation of a Runaway Greenhouse, climates of slowly rotating planets and climates of planets orbiting two suns.

Professional Experience

Since Sep 2017             Postdoc at the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD) working with Sandrine Bony (in the team EMC3: Étude et Modélisation du Climat et du Changement Climatique)

Jul 2015 – Jun 2017      Postdoc with the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences of Princeton University and the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in the group of Isaac Held

Dec 2013 - Jun 2015     Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg in the group of Jochem Marotzke


Feb 2010 - Dec 2013     PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg in the group of Jochem Marotzke



Wing A. A. and Co-Authors (including M. Popp), 2020: Clouds and Convective Self-Aggregation in a Multi-Model Ensemble of Radiative-Convective Equilibrium Simulation, Journal of Advances in Modelling the Earth System (JAMES), in presshttps://doi.org/10.1029/2020MS002138

Popp, M., N. J. Lutsko and S. Bony, 2020: How different forms of convective clustering affect the tropical climate in aquaplanet simulations, Journal of Advances in Modelling the Earth System (JAMES), 12, e2020MS002070.

Lutsko N. J. and M. Popp, 2019: Probing the Sources of Uncertainty in Transient Warming on Different Time‐Scales, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, https://doi.org/10.1029/ 2019GL084018

Popp, M. and S. Bony, 2019: The impact of convective clustering on the width of the tropical rain belt. Nature Communications, 10: 4261, DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-12167-9

Mauritsen Th. and Co-Authors (including M. Popp), 2019: Developments in the MPI-M Earth System Model version 1.2 (MPI-ESM1.2) and its response to increasing CO2. Journal of Advances in Modelling the Earth System (JAMES), 11, 998–1038

Lutsko N. J., and M. Popp, 2018: The Influence of Meridional Gradients in Insolation and Long-Wave Optical Depth on the Climate of a Gray Radiation GCM. Journal of Climate, 31 (19), 7803-7822

Salameh, J., M. Popp and J .Marotzke, 2018: The role of sea-ice albedo in the climate of slowly rotating aquaplanets. Climate Dynamics, 50 (7-8), 2395-2410

Popp, M. and L. G. Silvers, 2017: Double and single ITCZs with and without clouds. Journal of Climate, 30 (22), 9147–9166

Popp, M. and N. J. Lutsko, 2017: Quantifying the zonal-mean structure of tropical precipitation. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, DOI: 10.1002/2017GL075235.

Popp, M. and S. Eggl, 2017: Climate Variations on Earth-like circumbinary planets. Nature Communications, 8:14957, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14957

Popp, M., H. Schmidt and J. Marotzke, 2016: Transition to a Moist Greenhouse with CO2 and solar forcing. Nature Communications, 7:10627, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10627

Popp, M., H. Schmidt and J. Marotzke, 2015:. Initiation of a Runaway Greenhouse in a cloudy column. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 72, 452–471.



Deroubaix A. and Co-Authors (including M. Popp), 2020: Uncertainties in heating and cooling energy demand under climate change. In review at Nature Communications

Popp, M., N. J. Lutsko, and S. Bony, 2020: Weaker links between zonal convective clustering and ITCZ width in climate models than in observations. Submitted to the Geophysical Research Letters



Popp M., 2014: Climate instabilities under strong solar forcing. Reports on Earth System Science 152/2014, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg



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