The Marine, Coastal and Polar Systems Programme

This programme concentrates on changes in the Arctic and Antarctic, their interaction with the global climate and polar ecosystems, vulnerable coasts and shelf seas, the polar perspective of Earth system analysis, as well as the relationship between science and society. It provides insights into climate variability and regional climate change, sea-level change as an element of risk analysis within the Earth system, and the transformation of coastal and polar ecosystems. It also lays the scientific foundation for answering pressing questions in society about the social and economic impact of climate change on our environment.

The new programme topic – the interaction between science and society – focuses on how research findings can be effectively integrated into information and decision-making processes in society as a whole.

Participating Helmholtz Centres:

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research

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