Explaining climate change to decision-makersFrom research conducted at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research
At the Climate Service Center (CSC) of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, interdisciplinary teams of scientists are working on preparing and communicating knowledge about climate change and adaptation strategies.
Their aim is to help decision-makers in politics, public administrations and the business community to understand and consider the dimensions of climate change. One project at the CSC entails assessing the potential losses to the German economy caused by extreme weather events. For example, as a result of climate change, heavy rains may increasingly lead to local flooding and the overflow of drainage canals. The current CSC study entitled “Heavy Rain Risk 2050” is attempting to determine the connection between heavy rains and insured damage and to estimate how these risks will develop against the backdrop of climate change. The public will have access to the study’s maps showing changes in heavy rainfall for all districts in Germany. The CSC’s website provides current information and other services and can be visited at www.climate-service-center.de.
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