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“PIK Tyndall Summit” in Potsdam

In order to promote the connection between the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Tyndall Research Centre 25 scientists from both institutions met in Potsdam from the 14 to 15 September 2004. Over two days they exchanged scientific results, had fruitful discussions and modified the existing strategic alliance.

The development of a “Community Integrated Assessment System” and the “Adaptation and Mitigation Management” were the central topics of this meeting. For the near future we intend to strengthen our common work with the following tasks: economic dynamic modelling; assessment of the film “The Day After Tomorrow”; developments in model-coupling; adaptation management in the coastal zone as well as “multi-agent-based-modelling”.

The scientific exchange could be encouraged by visits to annual symposia of the institutes (ToPIK Days and Tyndall Assembly) and the thematic specification of scientific responsibilities and its organization. The scientific coordination will be supported by Heike Zimmermann-Timm, PIK, and Alex Haxeltine, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

The European perspective has been strengthened with the leadership of Hans Joachim Schellnhuber as director of PIK and the Tyndall Centre. Global Change Research is a comprehensive task which cannot be handled by one institute or country alone. This is the reason why we need integrative scientific work – a challenge for both institutes, which already follow an interdisciplinary approach.

PD Dr. Heike Zimmermann-Timm,


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