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Climate Service Center

Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) offers in a scientifically sound manner products, advisory services and decision-relevant information in order to support government, administration and business in their efforts to adapt to climate change. GERICS is a scientific organizational entity of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and is based in the city of Hamburg.

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IMPACT2C web-atlas online

Interactive web-atlas shows the impacts of a 2°C global warming on various European sectors and some key vulnerable regions outside Europe

Starting today, you only need a few mouse clicks to inform yourself about potential impacts of a 2°C global warming throughout Europe. The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) released the new interactive IMPACT2C web-atlas. The atlas is based on the comprehensive research results from the EU-funded IMPACT2C project, wherein researchers from twelve European and four Asian and African countries have collaborated on investigating the potential impacts of a 2°C global warming on the various European sectors (climate, energy, health, agriculture, forestry and ecosystems, water, tourism, coasts) and some key vulnerable regions outside Europe.

Press release about the IMPACT2C web-atlas

Interview with Daniela Jacob about the IMPACT2C web-atlas

The IMPACT2C web-atlas

New Tool

Climate Focus Paper Global Sea Level Rise

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Sea level rise (SLR) is of major relevance and importance to a range of different adaptation investment decisions in coastal areas, and as such needs to be adequately considered in climate feasibility studies. This Focus Paper has been developed to raise awareness of the issue and how wide ranging the impacts from SLR are, and to assist decision makers in incorporating future projections of SLR into climate feasibility studies.

Climate Focus Paper GSLR

Climate Service Center 2.0

Climate Scientist Daniela Jacob Becomes New Head of The Climate Service Center 2.0

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Dr. Daniela Jacob has taken over as Acting Director of the Climate Service Center 2.0 as of June 1st. She follows Dr. Guy Brasseur, who headed the Climate Service Center since its inception in 2009. The scientific service institution on climate change in Hamburg is an independent establishment at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.


New release: Adaptation guidebook

Adapting to Climate Change: Methods and Tools for Climate Risk Management

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This guidebook, Adapting to climate change: methods and tools for climate risk management, seeks to provide organisations with the information they need in order to understand the range of issues involved in adaptation, and to help them make informed decisions about how they may make progress with adaptation planning in practice.


Actions for Climate-Induced Migration



Climate change is not only throwing ecosystems off balance; it is also threatening the livelihoods of many people, which can result in major migrations. But we are currently lacking both reliable data and effective political strategies to deal with these changes, as a conference organized by the Climate Service Center and the KlimaCampus determined and which ended with a joint final declaration.


THE HAMBURG CONFERENCE: Actions for Climate-Induced Migration

On July 16th the three-day conference on climate induced migration. The goal of the Hamburg Conference is to increase knowledge and management inputs through an intensive learning process of decision-making, action and evaluation. Therefore we invite contributions showing tools and actions to deal innovatively with environmental and climate-induced migration. Central and final aim of the conference is to collect evidence-based knowledge and experiences and produce an outcome document, along the lines of the Nansen Principles on Human Displacements, thus contributing to setting the future agenda on climate induced migration.
Find more information about the conference and the agenda in the links below.

The Hamburg Conference

Agenda Hamburg Conference

New Tool: The Climate-Fact-Sheets

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To help in the generation of consistent climate information, the Climate Service Center developed the climate-fact-sheets at the request of, and in cooperation with, the KfW-Bank. In a compact and concise form the climate-fact-sheets contain the essential climate characteristics and future climate trends of individual countries or regions worldwide on five to six pages. The climate-fact-sheets represent a new time and effort saving enquiry and planning tool.


New solutions for the nitrogen dilemma: the European Nitrogen Assessment


A solution to a problem at the start of the 20th century has in turn led to a problem at the start of the 21st century - that of too much reactive nitrogen in the environment. This leads to wide ranging deleterious impacts for humans, wildlife and the environment. An extensive report published by the European Science Foundation Nitrogen in Europe programme, “The European Nitrogen Assessment”, lays the foundation for the development of an integrated knowledge base, on which holistic policies for the management of the nitrogen cycle in Europe can be developed.


State of the Planet Declaration

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The “State of the Planet” declaration was issued by scientists at a major gathering of experts on global environmental and social issues in advance of the major UN Summit Rio+20 in June.


Climate Change during the Industrial Era: Impact of Solar Variability or Effects of Greenhouse gases?


The role of the Sun as a driver for climate changes has been vividly debated over the last months. The focus of the discussion has been on the relative role played by solar activity versus the forcing by greenhouse gases. The science is currently sufficiently advanced to draw robust conclusions on this issue. As we will show below, solar radiation and greenhouse forcing are both important parameters for the determination of climate conditions. The various forcing processes affect the observed temperature changes in very different ways.


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The Climate Service Center has grown and moved to new premises - Since august 15th the entire Climate Service Center team is working in new corporate office rooms.


www.klimanavigator.de started – The directory for climate-knowledge in Germany.
The new website offers an easy access to more than 30 German scientific institutions working in the fields of climate, climate change and climate adaptation In addition it gives an overview of climate relevant research in Germany as well as insight in the current state of climate-knowledge.


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WorldRiskReport 2011 - How high is the risk for societies worldwide to become victims of natural hazards and climate change? The WorldRiskReport 2011 gives new answers. On behalf of Alliance Development Works, UNU-EHS has developed the WorldRiskIndex and calculated risk values for 173 countries worldwide.


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Survey: Energy access can reduce poverty – Poor People’s Energy Outlook