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SUSTAg; international research project funded by EU Horizon2020

SUSTAg; international research project funded by EU Horizon2020

The overarching aim of SUSTAg is to identify both generic and location-specific integrated production systems and other sustainable intensification measures (SI) at the global/European and case study level which are optimal across different sustainability dimensions (ecological, economic and social).

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Katja Frieler is a new member of the Young Academy of Europe

Katja Frieler is a new member of the Young Academy of Europe

The Selection Committee and the Board of the Young Academy of Europe have unanimously decided to admit Dr. Katja Frieler as a new YAE member.

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The Potsdam Institute at COP22 in Marrakech

The Potsdam Institute at COP22 in Marrakech

11/09/2016 - Researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are attending the current UN climate summit COP22 in Marrakesch from November 7 to 18. Amongst other events, PIK Director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber will speak at a side-event of the German Advisory Council on Global Change on the science-policy dialogue to reach Paris targets. PIK chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer will discuss the potential of the Paris Agreement in a side event with colleagues from Arizona State University, Harvard Kennedy School and others.

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Congratulations Dr. Michael Roers!

Congratulations Dr. Michael Roers!

On October 14th 2016, RD2 PhD student Michael Roers successfully defended his PhD thesis "Methoden zur Dynamisierung von Klimafolgenanalysen im Elbegebiet - Aktualisierung von Szenarienstudien zu den Auswirkungen des Klimawandels und fortlaufende Überprüfung ökohydrologischer Modellergebnisse" at Potsdam University.

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Congratulations Dr. Mady Olonscheck!

Congratulations Dr. Mady Olonscheck!

On September the 30th 2016, RD2 PhD student Mady Olonscheck has successfully defended her PhD thesis "Climate change impacts on electricity and residential energy demand" at Potsdam University.

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Climate change: Trade liberalization could buffer economic losses in agriculture

Climate change: Trade liberalization could buffer economic losses in agriculture

08/25/2016 - Global warming could create substantial economic damage in agriculture, a new study conducted by a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) finds. Around the globe, climate change threatens agricultural productivity, forcing up food prices. While financial gains and losses differ between consumers and producers across the regions, bottom line is that consumers in general will likely have to pay more for the same basket of food. As the additional expenditure for consumers outweighs producers’ gains, increasing net economic losses will occur in the agriculture and food sector towards the end of the century. However, economic losses could be limited to 0.3 percent of global GDP – depending on agricultural trade policies.

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Can we economically outgrow climate change damages? Not for hurricanes we can't

Can we economically outgrow climate change damages? Not for hurricanes we can't

08/16/2016 - When hurricanes like Katrina in 2005 or Sandy in 2012 impact on highly populated regions they bring about tremendous damages. More than 50 percent of all weather-related economic losses on the globe are caused by damages due to tropical cyclones. Researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) now analyzed the magnitude of future hurricane losses in relation to economic growth. Showcasing the United States they found that financial losses per hurricane could triple by the end of the century in unmitigated climate change, while annual losses could on average rise by a factor of eight. Most importantly and contrary to prevalent opinion, they conclude that economic growth will not be able to counterbalance the increase in damage.

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Flood damages in Germany could multiply under climate change

Flood damages in Germany could multiply under climate change

07/19/2016 - Flood-related losses can be expected to increase considerably in Germany as a result of climate change, a new study shows. Extreme events like the severe floods along the river Elbe have already illustrated the potentially devastating consequences of certain weather conditions such as severe rainfall events, when continuing intense rain can no longer be absorbed by the soil and water levels in the rivers rise. Without appropriate adaptation, flood-related damage of currently about 500 million euros a year could multiply in the future, the comprehensive expert analysis published in the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences highlights.

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Congratulations Dr. Martin Gutsch!

07/07/2016 - RD2 PhD student Martin Gutsch has successfully defended his PhD thesis "Modellgestützte Analyse von Eichen-Kiefern-Mischbeständen in Brandenburg mit Berücksichtigung der Wurzeltiefe und Wurzelverteilung" at Potsdam University.

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Migration in the age of climate change

Migration in the age of climate change

05/20/2016 - Migration is currently a no 1 issue in Germany as well as Europe – but what will future migration look like globally, in the age of climate risks? Where is environmental migration happening already today, and what can we learn from it? The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) teamed up with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - the biggest intergovernmental institution in the field - for a media briefing in Berlin. Migration is mostly driven by a multitude of factors – be it political, social, demographic, economic, or by security concerns - and almost never by a single cause. At the same time, global environmental change, and specifically climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, is an additional and potentially severe risk factor.

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Young scientists meet at PIK: What comes after a PhD?

Young scientists meet at PIK: What comes after a PhD?

Young scientist from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) discussed their working routines and career perspectives with regard to their doctorate. Once a year the “PhD-Day” offers the opportunity to meet up in the whole group of PhD candidates to share experiences, talk about research projects and train in science related skills. The focus of the current meeting was on possible career steps following the doctoral thesis.

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Congratulations Dr. Markus Böttle!

On April the 27th 2016, RD2 PhD student Markus Böttle successfully defended his PhD thesis "Coastal Floods in View of Sea Level Rise: Assessing Damage Costs and Adaptation Measures" at Potsdam University.

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RD2 Session at European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016

RD2 Session at European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016

From 17th to 22nd April 2016 the annual European Geosciences Union General Assembly took place in Vienna, Austria. RD2 members Jacob Schewe (Convener), Katja Frieler, Christopher Reyer and Carl-Friedrich Schleussner (Co-Conveners) organized and held session CL3.04 "Modelling climate impacts: Inter-comparison, validation, and improvement of impact models".

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Congratulations Dr. Valentin Aich!

15/04/2016 - RD2 PhD student Valentin Aich successfully defended his PhD thesis "Floods in the Niger River Basin in the face of Global Change - Analysis, Attribution, Projections" at Potsdam University.

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Congratulations Dr. Christoph Menz!

03/17/2016 - RD2 PhD student Christoph Menz has successfully defended his PhD thesis "Regionale Klimamodellierung in Ostasien: Ein Vergleich von statistischen und dynamischen Modellierungsansatz" at Goethe-University Frankfurt.

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RD2 General Assembly "Communication of scientific results"

03/18/2016 - The topic of the RD2 General Assembly this year was "Communication of scientific results". Several valuable inputs from Jonas Viering, Diego Rybski, Ines Blumenthal & Carolin Schlenther and Hagen Koch made this day a big success.

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Tracing observed climate impacts to greenhouse gas emissions

Tracing observed climate impacts to greenhouse gas emissions

01/28/2016 - Roughly two-thirds of observed climate change impacts related to atmospheric and ocean temperature over the past 40 years can be confidently attributed to human-generated greenhouse gas emissions, an international team of scientists found. For the impacts observed not just on regional but on continental scales, even three quarters are mainly due to our burning of burning fossil fuels. Evidence connecting changes in precipitation and their respective impacts to human influence is still weak, but is expected to grow.

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Leibniz President Kleiner visits PIK

Leibniz President Kleiner visits PIK

01/27/2016 - The president of Leibniz Association, Matthias Kleiner, visited the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) for an exchange on current projects and developments. Among other topics the focus of the meetings was also on research strategies. Kleiner met with PIK Director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber as well as with the Chairs of PIK’s four research domains.

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New top German IPCC scientist visits PIK

New top German IPCC scientist visits PIK

2016/01/25 - The newly elected top German scientist in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Hans-Otto Pörtner, visited the Potsdam Institute (PIK) this week for an intense exchange about challenges of the next climate science assessment report. It will be the sixth of its kind and due in 2022. Pörtner, a senior biologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, heads the part of the report assessing climate change impacts. This is a core research issue of PIK. What is more, for half a decade PIK’s chief economist was head of the IPCC’s working group on mitigation.

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BMBF funds EXTRA project.

The project "Impact of EXTreme events and climate change on Russian Agriculture, economic implications and adaptation" will be funded by BMBF from January 2016 until June 2018.

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