Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, 2014-09-21


August 20, 2014

New release: Report 21

Considering scale and scaling for vulnerability and adaptation studies in the water sector – Case studies in four geographies

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Climate change is impacting the hydrologic cycle globally. Understanding how these changes may impact water related resources and hazards are priorities for development and sustainability initiatives. This project explores data quality and relevance for vulnerability and adaptation to climate change studies framing the discussion in the context of scaling limitations and opportunities. Four geographies are selected as case studies for their distinct geologic and hydrologic conditions: a Small Island Developing State, a delta, an estuary and a mountainous region. Common disciplinary approaches utilized for vulnerability and adaptation assessments including remote sensing, modeling, participatory social research and hybrid approaches, are compiled for each region. Within each, the quality and relevance of data resources utilized for addressing common water sector concerns from an environmental hydrology perspective is discussed.

Report 21: Considering scale and scaling for vulnerability and adaptation studies in the water sector

July 31, 2014

New release: Report 20

Assessing governance performance

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In this report an analytical framework for assessing governance when dealing with natural hazards is presented. This framework is based on the concept of the capital approach. The capital approach enables the authors to analyse the capacity and capability of a partnership to react to environmental hazards. We present two practical examples, where the capital approach has been applied. Both examples are related to case studies of the ENHANCE project – the first one on drought management in Jucar River Basin (Spain), the second on storm surge management along the North Sea Coast with a focus on handling risks and uncertainties in the trilateral Wadden Sea Region (Netherlands, Germany and Denmark). The findings highlight significant elements for good governance processes.

Report 20: Assessing governance performance

June 04, 2014

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.


June 11, 2014

New release: Climate Service Center Report 19

Decision Support Tools as Instruments to facilitate Climate Change Adaptation - The case of the BalticClimate Toolkit for adaptation in the German Baltic Sea region

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Planning and implementing measures for adaptation to climate change poses challenges to decision makers already today. In recent years so-called decision support tools have been developed in order to support decision makers to cope with the complexity of climate change decision making contexts and thus facilitate adaptation planning processes. This report aimed at revealing if decision support tools are actually able to assist decisions in the context of climate change adaptation and what requirements they have to meet in order to be effectively applied. Therefore an already existing webbased and guideline-oriented tool addressing people in the Baltic Sea region was investigated: the socalled ‘BalticClimate Toolkit’.


June 10, 2014

New release: Climate Service Center Report 18

Prioritisation Method for Adaptation Measures to Climate Change in the Water Sector

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Climate change brings new management challenges to the environment and to the economic sectors. The management of water in the face of climate change, as an intersection between the whole economy and the environment, is an example that demands for research input. The proposed prioritisation methodology seeks to evaluate adaptation measures separately, but also compare them as a group. Therefore, it includes a multicriteria comparison which considers not only the cost and benefits as criteria but also analyses the results through economic, environmental and social factors weighted separately. In doing so, it should be possible to select the one with the best performance to face future climate change challenges, independently of each measure’s goals. In this document, the methodology and the concepts involved are comprehensively explained. Prior to this, a theoretical focus is presented to link the concepts of climate change, water, adaptation and economics.


June 04, 2014

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.

read more about the daptation guidebook

May 27, 2014

New release: Climate Service Center Report 15

Mapping of Climate Service Providers - Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Results: A German Case Study

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The aim of this document is to provide a guidance to support the climate service mapping activities in the JPI Climate member states and non JPI Climate members based on the experiences and lessons learned, including those learned in the initial pilot study in Germany. It provides examples, background information, supportive documents as well as results of this mapping activity and recommendations on how to proceed.

Download Climate Service Center Report 15: Mapping of Climate Service Providers - Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Results: A German Case Study (pdf)

August 29, 2013

New Version

Statistical methods for the analysis of simulated and observed climate data

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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 Climate Service Center 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 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

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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.

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 Climate Service Center 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

Climate Service Center 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