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Books & Brochures in English 2014

Here we present books written or edited by PIK scientists or to which PIK scientists have contributed. Some books are only in German. Please refer to our German site.

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Books in English


"Religion in Environmental and Climate Change" (2012)
Editor(s): Dieter Gerten, Sigurd Bergmann

Suffering, Values, Lifestyles
ISBN: 9781441169297


"Changes in Flood Risk in Europe" (2012)

edited by Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
CRC Press, 2012, 544 p., ISBN-10: 0415621895, ISBN-13: 978-0415621892

Floods are the most prevalent natural hazard in Europe. Has flood risk increased in the continent? How, where, and why? Are climate change impacts apparent? How do socio-economic trends and associated land-use and land-cover change impact flood risk? National and regional perspectives on flood risk change, detection and attribution of change, and the re-insurer's point of view, are considered.
- An overview of flood risk in Europe, past, present and future
- National/regional chapters covering central, western, southern and northern Europe, the Alpine region and Iberian Peninsula
- Rectifies common-place judgements: e.g. climate is warming so floods should be becoming mor frequent and intense, but obervatins do not always confirm this expectation.


"Climate Change, Justice and Sustainability - Linking Climate and Development Policy" (2012)

edited by O. Edenhofer, J. Wallacher, H. Lotze-Campen, M. Reder, B. Knopf,  J. Müller
Springer Verlag, 2012, CCCXCIV, 10 p. 29 illus., 23 in color, ISBN: 978-94-007-4539-1


"Crop Adaptation to Climate Change" (2011)

Shyam Singh Yadav, Robert Redden, Jerry L. Hatfield, Hermann Lotze-Campen, Anthony Hall; Wiley-Blackwell,

Oxford 2011

ISBN: 978-0-8138-2016-3

"The Economics of Climate Change in China" (2011)
Towards a Low-Carbon Economy
Edited By FAN Gang, Lord Nicholas Stern, Ottmar Edenhofer, XU Shanda, Klas Eklund, Frank Ackerman, LI Lailai and Karl Hallding
400 pages
ISBN 9781849711746





"In Extremis: Disruptive Events and Trends in Climate and Hydrology"(2011)

edited by J. P. Kropp, H. J. Schellnhuber
Springer, Berlin 2011. 400 p., ISBN 9783642148620

The book addresses a weakness of current methodologies used in extreme value assessment, i.e. the assumption of stationarity, which is not given in reality. With respect to this issue a lot of new developed technologies are presented, i.e. influence of trends vs. internal correlations, quantitative uncertainty assessments, etc. The book not only focuses on artificial time series data, but has a close link to empirical measurements, in order to make the suggested methodologies applicable for practitioners in water management and meteorology. (source:



"SWIM Model Guide"(2011)

by V. Krysanova, F. Wechsung, J. Arnold, R. Srinivasan, J. Williams
China Meteorological Press, Peking 2011. 176 p., ISBN 9787502951856



"Religion and dangerous environmental change" (2010)

edited by S. Bergmann, D. Gerten

LIT-Verlag, Berlin 2010.

Bd. 2, 2010, 256 S., 29.90 EUR

ISBN 978-3-643-10093-1

Given the increasing threats of environmental changes to human societies it is imperative to complement technological and economical problem solutions with alternative perspectives from the humanities and the arts. This pioneer book attempts to advance climate and environmental sciences by including religion as a microcosm of cultural response to environmental change. The authors are renowned in disciplines as diverse as hydrology, religious studies, theology, cultural studies, philosophy and visual arts. They exemplify how religion can contribute to sustainable mitigation of climate change and to creative adaption to its impacts, thus preparing for a deep cultivation of research on religion in environmental change. (source:



"Continents under climate change" (2010)

edited by W. Endlicher, F.-W. Gerstengarbe
Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft, Stuttgart 2010. 317 p., Nova Acta Leopoldina N.F., Bd. 112, Nr. 384, ISBN 3804727956

Der Klimawandel gehört zu den drängendsten globalen Problemen unserer Zeit. Die Menschheit steht vor besonderen Herausforderungen, um insbesondere den CO2_Ausstoß zu senken. Führende Wissenschaftler aus der Klimaforschung betrachten die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf die Kontinente Europa, Asien, Afrika, Amerika und Australien sowie die Polarregionen. Dabei werden neueste Klimadaten unter globalen und regionalen Gesichtspunkten ausgewertet und Simulationsmodelle für zukünftige Entwicklungen diskutiert. Die Ausführungen bieten ein gut fundiertes Bild der Klimaänderungen, die sich weltweit bereits vollziehen bzw. in Zukunft ereignen werden, und untersuchen kritisch die Folgen für Natur, Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft. Alle Beiträge sind in englischer Sprache verfasst. (source:



"Water Framework Directive: model supported implementation. A water manager's guide" (2010)

edited by F. F. Hattermann, Z. W. Kundzewicz
IWA Publishing, London 2010. 268 p., ISBN: 9781843392736

Water resources planning and management and the development of appropriate policies requires methodologies and tools that are able to support systematic, integrative and multidisciplinary assessments at various scales. It also requires the quantification of various uncertainties in both data and models, and the incorporation of stakeholders participation and institutional mechanisms into the various tools and risk assessment methodologies, to help decision makers understand and evaluate alternative measures and decisions. This requirement has been explicitly recognised in the context of the European Union Water Framework Directive (WFD). This book is one of the concrete outcomes of the Harmoni_CA concerted action (supported by the European Commission). It provides a framework for model_supported participatory planning of measures at various river basin scales and practical guidance to water managers and other interested stakeholders on the model_supported implementation of the WFD. The objective of the book is to offer guidance to water managers on the model_supported implementation of the Water Framework Directive at the level of a river basin district and at other levels (such as sub_basins, national, or international scale in the case of international river basins). It should help water managers to better understand how models may be used for planning purposes, while special attention is given to the problem of predicting an uncertain future, one very likely to differ from the present. (source:


David Archer / Stefan Rahmstorf

250 pages.

ISBN 978-0-521-73255-0

Cambridge University Press

Nobel Cause Cover

"Global Sustainability - A Nobel Cause" (2010)

In the wake of the Copenhagen climate conference, which ended without a clear mandate for global climate protection, this book published by Cambridge University Press addresses the main lines of conflicts and offers new solutions. The contributing authors - Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, medicine, economics and peace, top-level political leaders, representatives of major NGOs and renowned experts on sustainability - point out strategies for the stabilisation of the climate and global sustainable development. The open access publication is available for download.


"Our Threatened Oceans" (2009)

S. Rahmstorf/K. Richardson:
260 pages
ISBN 1906598061
Haus Publishing

Sustainability "SUSTAINABILITY OR COLLAPSE? An Integrated History and Future on People on Earth" (2007)
by Robert Costanza et al.; foreword by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (“The Mirror of Galadriel”)

"Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change" (2006)

by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Wolfgang Cramer, Nebosja Nakicenovic, Tom Wigley and Gary Yohe


"Coupled Models for the Hydrological Cycle - Integrating Atmosphere, Biosphere and Pedosphere" (2005)

by Axel Bronstert, J. Carrera, Pavel Kabat, Sabine Lütkemeier


"Earth System Analysis for Sustainability" (2004)

by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Paul J. Crutzen, William C. Clark, Martin Claussen and Hermann Held


"Vegetation, Water, Humans and the Climate" (2004)

by Pavel Kabat, Martin Claussen, Paul A. Dirmeyer, John H. C. Gash, Lelys Bravo de Guenni, Michel Meybeck, Roger A. Pielke Sr., Charles J. Vörösmarty, Ronald W.A. Hutjes, Sabine Lütkemeier


"Global Change and the Earth System" (2004)

by W. Steffen, A. Sanderson, P. D. Tyson, J. Jäger, P. A. Matson, B. Moore III, F. Oldfield, K. Richardson, H. J. Schellnhuber, B. L. Turner II, R. J. Wasson


"The Science of Disasters" (2002)

edited by Armin Bunde, Jürgen Kropp and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber


"Fair Weather? Equity Concerns in Climate Change" (1999)

edited by Ferenc L Tóth


"Earth System Analysis: Integrating Science for Sustainability" (1998)

edited by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and Volker Wenzel



Climate Change and Poverty – A challenge for a fair world policy
Special Issue of the Project “Climate Change and Justice. Climate policy as a component of fair globalisation and sustainable poverty reduction” in co-operation with the editorial staff of “welt-sichten”. Supplement to “welt-sichten”, issue 5/2008 [PDF, 1 MB]

PIK Infoflyer
[PDF: 2 MB]


Heaven and Earth - From Pergamon to Potsdam

[PDF 11 MB]

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