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March 03, 2014

CSC News-Scan

The CSC News-Scan provides an overview about the latest scientific results on climate and climate change research and their impacts.


August 29, 2013

New Version

Statistical methods for the analysis of simulated and observed climate data


The brochure "Statistical methods for the analysis of simulated and observed climate data - Applied in projects and institutions dealing with climate change impact and adaptation" is adressed to different users of climate and impact model data as well as observational data who need help in finding suitable methods for their data evaluation. The brochure is not a textbook, which teaches the fundamental concepts of statistics. It rather complements the existing literature and gives suggestions on how practical issues can be solved.
The Report is also available as printed version.

Download CSC Report 13: "Statistical methods for the analysis of simulated and observed climate data" (pdf)

Workshops “Adaptation to climate change in Mountain & Coastal Areas” - transatlantic dialogues

After a successful initial meeting focusing on “Adaptation to climate change in mountain and coastal areas”, that was held 16 -19 April at the Climate Service Center (CSC) in Hamburg, the dialogue was continued on the same topic at the Global Change Institute in Aspen, Colorado 13-16 August.

Workshops “Adaptation to climate change in Mountain & Coastal Areas”

August 06, 2013

Statement of Met Office Hadley Centre on the recent pause in warming

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Global mean surface temperatures rose rapidly from the 1970s, but have been relatively flat over the most recent 15 years to 2013. This has prompted speculation that human induced global warming is no longer happening, or at least will be much smaller than predicted. Others maintain that this is a temporary pause and that temperatures will again rise at rates seen previously.

Paper 1: Observing changes in the climate system (PDF, 2 MB)

Paper 2: Recent pause in global warming (PDF, 1 MB)

Paper 3: Implications for projections (PDF, 663 kB)

August 01, 2013

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.

Climate-induced Migration - The Hamburg Declaration

July 04, 2013

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

June 06, 2013

New Tool: The Climate-Fact-Sheets


To help in the generation of consistent climate information, the CSC 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.

Further information about the Climate-Fact-Sheets

May 02, 2013

Adaptation to Climate Change in Mountain & Coastal Areas: a Transatlantic Dialogue

n cooperation with different partners such as the Global Change Institute in Aspen, Colorado or Ecologic/RADOST the CSC organized a four days workshop. About 40 stakeholders and scientist from Germany, Europe and the USA were invited to integrate regional adaptation practicies and the latest scientific results on climate change.

Adaptation to Climate Change in Mountain & Coastal Areas

February 22, 2013

Prof. Brasseur as guest in Brazil

CSC director Prof. Guy Brasseur was invited by the Brazilian Minister of of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Prof. Brasseur as guest in Brazil

May 10, 2012

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.
European Nitrogen Assessment

April 11, 2012

State of the Planet Declaration

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.
Planet under Pressure Declaration

February 29, 2012

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

Febraury 22, 2012

UNEP Year Book 2012

A feature of the UNEP Year Book 2012 is a review of environmental events during the past year.

UNEP Year Book 2012