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PIK experts at the intersessional climate conference in Bonn

PIK experts at the intersessional climate conference in Bonn

11/05/2018 - In the run-up to this year´s UN climate conference in Katowice in Poland, about 3000 experts and observers met in Bonn to discuss how to implement the Paris Agreement which is to enter into force in 2020. Two key elements of these “intersessionals” were the progress in advancing the Paris Agreement “rulebook”, and the initial in-person phase of the Talanoa dialogue that was introduced at COP23 last year. Several scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) took part in various meetings and presentations in Bonn.

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Early Summer Monsoon forecast for India

Early Summer Monsoon forecast for India

05/07/2018 - the Indian Summer Monsoon will likely reach Central India between 11 and 19 June, according to the new forecast method developed at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The unique forecast had been developed specially for the central part of India where, before, early forecasting has never been made. The novel approach based on an analysis of observational data allows predicting the monsoon onset date 40 days in advance. Elena Surovyatkina leads the forecasts that showed to be successful already two years in a row. The monsoon onset date is of crucial importance for hundreds of millions of people in India. Climate change affects monsoon variability and hence makes accurate forecasting even more important.

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Young diplomats from small island developing states visit PIK

Young diplomats from small island developing states visit PIK

04/05/2018 - Climate change is climbing up the foreign policy and international security agendas, as stakeholders realize the risks it may pose to peace and stability. In Germany, both the ministry of defence and the foreign ministry (Auswärtiges Amt) have recently sought the advice of PIK scientists as they develop crisis prevention policies and tools. Now, a group of young diplomats from small island developing states (SIDS) is visiting PIK as part of a month-long stay in Germany organized by the foreign ministry. As these countries are among the most exposed and vulnerable to climate change impacts, their future international representatives seek training on the latest climate change knowledge, and at the same time wish to spread awareness of the social and political problems their countries face in a warming world.

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PIK Article in Top 100 Scientific Reports from Earth Science papers in 2017

PIK Article in Top 100 Scientific Reports from Earth Science papers in 2017

27/04/2018 - The article ‘The role of city size and urban form in the surface urban heat island’ by Bin Zhou, Diego Rybski and Jürgen Kropp, ranks one of the top 100 read Earth sciences papers for 'Scientific Reports' in 2017.

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Girls'Day: PIK opens up doors and new perspectives to young and female future scientists

Girls'Day: PIK opens up doors and new perspectives to young and female future scientists

26/04/2018 - At this year's Girls'Day, schoolgirls from Berlin and Brandenburg had once again the opportunity to get to know the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and career perspectives in science. About their research on climate change and their work as a researcher at PIK, Levke Caesar and Christina Roolfs reported to the 19 pupils participating. The action day was initiated to open up new career perspectives in mathematical and the natural sciences for girls and young women.

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More than 14.000 Earth scientists meet in Vienna

More than 14.000 Earth scientists meet in Vienna

06/04/2018 - The European Geophysical Union’s (EGU) general assembly in Vienna is one of the world's greatest scientific events – from 8 to 13 April, it attracts more than 14.000 scientists. Numerous experts from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) give talks and participate in debates. A distinguished role is attributed to Stefan Rahmstorf, co-chair of PIK’s Earth System Analysis department, research domain 1. He has been asked to hold the first-ever EGU public lecture at the Vienna Museum for Natural History: “After Paris: Can we still control the climate crisis?”

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CIREG Project Kick-Off

CIREG Project Kick-Off

02/03/2018 - The CIREG kick-off meeting was hosted at PIK end of February 2018. CIREG is a JPI Climate ERA4CS project on 'Climate Information to support Renewable Electricity Generation in West Africa' and is coordinated by RD2 colleagues Stefan Liersch, Hagen Koch and Fred Hattermann.

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Worldbank report with PIK: climate change can trigger migration of millions

Worldbank report with PIK: climate change can trigger migration of millions

19/03/2018 - Climate change is a driver of future migration – in a worst-case scenario, it could force more than 100 million people out of their homes by 2050. This is shown by a groundbreaking Worldbank report, co-authored by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Subsaharan Africa and Southern Asia are among the most affected regions, to a lesser extent also Latin America. Water scarcity and yield failures are, along with a number of other economical and social factors, becoming more and more relevant for migration within countries. This so-called internal migration is the subject of the report. However, rapid reductions of greenhouse-gas emissions can reduce this future migration by up to 80 percent, according to the report.

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Congratulations Dr. Michel Wortmann

Congratulations Dr. Michel Wortmann

26/01/2018 - Michel Wortmann successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled 'Integrating glacier dynamics into hydrological modelling: A climate change impact assessment of the data-scarce headwaters of the Tarim River, Central Asia" at the University College London.

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Congratulations Dr. Christoph Gornott!

Congratulations Dr. Christoph Gornott!

16/02/2018 - Christoph Gornott successfully defended his PhD thesis with the title: 'Improving crop modeling approaches for supporting farmers to cope with weather risks" at the Humboldt University of Berlin

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PIK Research Days: “Keep digging in your pockets”

PIK Research Days: “Keep digging in your pockets”

02/23/2018 - Scientists and staff of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) gathered this week for their annual roadshow of scientific achievements and discussions of future projects. Climate negotiations, climate migration, public health, sea-level legacy, jet streams, ice losses at Antarctica, carbon pricing – these were just some of the topics presented by PIK’s four research domains. This year’s research days focused in particular on the upcoming 1.5°C IPCC special report as well as on global change, big data and digitalization.

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Social and Natural science together: New Co-Directors to lead the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Social and Natural science together: New Co-Directors to lead the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

23/02/2018 - The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is reinventing itself – appointing a twin leadership bringing together natural sciences and social sciences stronger than ever. In late September, the German climate economist Ottmar Edenhofer and the Swedish Earth system scientist Johan Rockström will become directors of the internationally renowned institute which is a member of the Leibniz Association. This was decided on Friday by the institute's Board of Trustees, headed by the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The retirement of the founding director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber this autumn after a quarter of a century as the head of the institute marks the beginning of a new era in Potsdam.

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Potsdam-China and back: "When climate projections return home"

Potsdam-China and back: "When climate projections return home"

02/05/2018 - China's Guanting region is threatened by water scarcity - how water and land can be used sustainably was explored over several years by a German-Chinese team headed by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Now the scientists published a book on their findings. The researchers applied computer simulations on climate change and water cycles in Brandenburg to the Guanting region. They thereby gained valuable new methodological insights for refining their models - and now bring this back to Germany: a learning process across continents.

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Congratulations Dr. Bernhard Schauberger

Congratulations Dr. Bernhard Schauberger

24/01/2018 - Bernhard Schauberger successfully defended his PhD thesis with the title: 'Improving crop models with respect to yield variability and climate extremes as a precondition for food security assessments' at the Humboldt University of Berlin

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Congratulations Dr. Christin Meyer!

Congratulations Dr. Christin Meyer!

12/20/2017 - Our colleague Christin Meyer has successfully defended her PhD thesis "Climate Change and Sustainable Risk Management for Agriculture - Building business resilience through adaptation. The Case Study of the `Mount Hesse`farm in Australia" at the University of Hamburg.

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VDL Journal - Interview mit Prof. Dr. Hermann Lotze-Campen

VDL Journal - Interview mit Prof. Dr. Hermann Lotze-Campen

12/22/2017 - Kurz vor Weihnachten wurde RD2 Co-Chair Prof. Dr. Hermann Lotze-Campen vom VDL-Journal in einem Interview zum Thema 'Folgen des Klimawandels und wie ihnen begegnet werden kann' befragt.

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PIK scientists at the Chaos Communication Congress 34C3

PIK scientists at the Chaos Communication Congress 34C3

29/12/2017 - For four days between Christmas and New Year´s, thousands of hackers, experts and artists meet every year to exchange news and views and learn about new technological developments and tools. The 34th Chaos Communication Congress (34C3) takes place in Leipzig this year, the organizers expect more than 13.000 participants. Science is represented as well, this year also by experts of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) - climate change is one of this year´s main themes.

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Bernhard Schauberger third place in "Climate Risk Research Award"

Bernhard Schauberger third place in "Climate Risk Research Award"

12/03/2017 - Bernhard Schauberger, RD2 Guest Scientist currently affiliated to the LSCE (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environment), received the third place at the Allianz "Climate Risk Research Award". He was awarded for his plans on a forecast model

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ReKliEs-De: Future climate trends in Germany

ReKliEs-De: Future climate trends in Germany

12/11/2017 - More heat-waves and heavy rainfalls, fewer cold spells, an increase in the annual mean temperature by 4°C, this is how the climate in Germany could evolve until the year 2100 in a scenario of unabated climate change - with massive consequences for agriculture and public health. These are the results of the project ReKliEs-De ("Regional Climate Projections Ensemble for Germany") which for the first time estimates current climate projections for the German federal states and river basins. The prospects for Germany in a business as usual scenario are severe - if no active countermeasures will be taken. However, the results also show that if all climate protection agreements will be consistently implemented, the two-degree target agreed in Paris is still achievable.

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Climate and public health: Leopoldina Dialogue in Potsdam

Climate and public health: Leopoldina Dialogue in Potsdam

12/05/2017 - Climate change related risks for public health are one of the most important challenges of today. However, the science communities on both sides of the fence have so far not sufficiently interacted to reflect the critical nexus of climate change and health. Taking the first mover advantage, a workshop of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) now brought together renowned scientists from climate sciences, health and medicine, psychology, environmental sciences, social sciences and economics. They will develop a publication offering stakeholder and decision-makers orientation on public health and climate policy.

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