Maria Rugenstein

I'm a PostDoc on a Humboldt fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, working with Jochem Marotzke and Bjorn Stevens on ocean-atmosphere interactions. I graduated in Reto Knutti's group at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zürich and wrote my Master's thesis at GFDL in Princeton with Mike Winton.

I'm interested in how the ocean influences atmospheric feedbacks on large scales, and stores and redistributes heat. I like thinking about first-order controls on Earth’s climate and the concept of climate forcings. I'm also interested in deep time paleo climate, internal variability, and the theory and sociology of science. I'm coordinating a model intercomparison of millennia long simulations of global coupled Atmosphere-Ocean Models, LongRunMIP, together with Jonah Bloch-Johnson.

Publications & manuscripts

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  • Rugenstein, Bloch-Johnson, Gregory, Andrews, Mauritsen, Li, Frolicher, Paynter, Danabasoglu, Dufresne, Cao, Schmidt, Abe-Ouchi, Yang, Knutti: Approaching equilibrium in climate models under elevated forcing, submitted
  • Bloch-Johnson, Rugenstein, Abbot: Spatial radiative feedbacks from interannual variability using multiple regression, submitted

  • Praetorius, Rugenstein, Persad, Caldeira, 2018: Global and Arctic climate sensitivity enhanced by changes in North Pacific heat flux, Nature Comm. link pdf
  • Knutti, Rugenstein, Hegerl, 2017: Beyond climate sensitivity, Nature Geoscience link updated Figure
  • Rugenstein, Caldeira, Knutti, 2016: Dependence of global radiative feedbacks on evolving patterns of surface heat fluxes, GRL link pdf
  • He, Winton, Vecchi, Jia, Rugenstein, 2016: Transient Climate Sensitivity Depends on Base Climate Ocean Circulation , J. Climate link pdf
  • Rugenstein, Gregory, Schaller, Sedlacek, Knutti, 2016: Multi-annual ocean-atmosphere adjustments to radiative forcing, J. Climate link pdf
  • Rugenstein, Sedlacek, Knutti, 2016: Nonlinearities in patterns of long term ocean warming, GRL link pdf
  • Knutti and Rugenstein, 2015: Feedbacks, climate sensitivity and the limits of linear models, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A link pdf
  • Rugenstein, Stocchi, von der Heydt, Dijkstra, Brinkhuis, 2014: Emplacement of Antarctic ice sheet mass affects circumpolar ocean flow, Global and Planetary Change link pdf
  • Rugenstein, Winton, Stouffer, Griffies, Hallberg, 2013: Northern high latitude heat budget decomposition and transient warming, J. Climate link pdf


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