Info Desk

On this info desk you will find all sorts of information material on some global and climate change topics at different levels. It may be freely used for private purposes, but the prior written agreement of PIK is necessary for any type of commercial use. Copyright: PIK
 


Paper Planes

A very short movie about climate, impacts, research


A Brief History of CO2 Emissions

An animated short film on greenhouse gas emissions


Anniversary website

25 years of PIK - Congratulation by some of our most important companions and allies

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Telegraphenberg

Historical information about the site Telegraphenberg and overview of research institutes resident today

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Museum "weather factory"

PIK’s education and information centre on weather and climate


PIKEE-Project

Environmental education at PIK

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Books, Broschures


10 Must-Knows on Climate Change

What you need to know about climate change

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Tipping Elements - the Achilles Heels of the Earth System
Global map and short descriptions of major tipping elements, including related PIK publications

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The C-Story of Human Civilization

Animation of cumulated, global CO2 emissions 1751 to 2009

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Climate and Sea Level

Sea level pages of PIK: research areas, results, popular articles, scientific publications, input data and computer codes.

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Forecasting the Indian Summer Monsoon

Long-term forecast of the onset and withdrawal of the Indian Summer Monsoon for the central part of India. 

Questions

Does our Climate benefit from Corona?

Does our Climate benefit from Corona?

People around the world are being hit hard by Corona - nothing about this tragedy is positive. The emission of CO2 has decreased because in many places airplanes and factories have stood still. However, the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is not decreasing because so much CO2 has already accumulated there; it will last and stay there for thousands of years. Also, the stabilization of our climate cannot under any circumstances be achieved by a socially devastating reduction of our economy, as we can now observe in some places due to the pandemic. Rather, the solution must be a targeted transformation of our economy – towards clean technologies.

What are Climate Models?

What are Climate Models?

Researchers use computers to solve large multidimensional equations and thus simulate processes in the Earth system. These climate models contain our knowledge of the physics of the planet. Whether they reliably reproduce temperature curves in past cold and warm periods can be checked using data from measurements or from natural climate archives such as ice drill cores. Models can then be used to calculate future developments - always based on certain assumptions, for example about the increase in CO2 emissions. The result are projections: not predictions, but complex if-then statements.

What are Tipping Elements?

What are Tipping Elements?

Some parts of the earth system show a threshold behavior: If they are stressed beyond their respective critical limits by human-made climate change, strong and sometimes unstoppable and irreversible changes can occur – they topple over, to put it simply. Among the tipping elements in the climate system are the ice sheets on Greenland and in Antarctica, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, and the permafrost soils. Even the crossing of individual tipping points would have environmental impacts endangering the livelihoods of many people. There is also the risk of a domino-like chain reaction – such a "tipping cascade" would affect the overall stability of our Earth system.