August 20, 2014
New release: Report 21
Considering scale and scaling for vulnerability and adaptation studies in the water sector – Case studies in four geographies
Climate change is impacting the hydrologic cycle globally. Understanding how these changes may impact water related resources and hazards are priorities for development and sustainability initiatives. This project explores data quality and relevance for vulnerability and adaptation to climate change studies framing the discussion in the context of scaling limitations and opportunities. Four geographies are selected as case studies for their distinct geologic and hydrologic conditions: a Small Island Developing State, a delta, an estuary and a mountainous region. Common disciplinary approaches utilized for vulnerability and adaptation assessments including remote sensing, modeling, participatory social research and hybrid approaches, are compiled for each region. Within each, the quality and relevance of data resources utilized for addressing common water sector concerns from an environmental hydrology perspective is discussed.
July 31, 2014
New release: Report 20
Assessing governance performance
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In this report an analytical framework for assessing governance when dealing with natural hazards is presented. This framework is based on the concept of the capital approach. The capital approach enables the authors to analyse the capacity and capability of a partnership to react to environmental hazards. We present two practical examples, where the capital approach has been applied. Both examples are related to case studies of the ENHANCE project – the first one on drought management in Jucar River Basin (Spain), the second on storm surge management along the North Sea Coast with a focus on handling risks and uncertainties in the trilateral Wadden Sea Region (Netherlands, Germany and Denmark). The findings highlight significant elements for good governance processes.
June 04, 2014
Climate Service Center 2.0
Climate Scientist Daniela Jacob Becomes New Head of The Climate Service Center 2.0
Dr. Daniela Jacob has taken over as Acting Director of the Climate Service Center 2.0 as of June 1st. She follows Dr. Guy Brasseur, who headed the Climate Service Center since its inception in 2009. The scientific service institution on climate change in Hamburg is an independent establishment at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.
June 11, 2014
New release: Climate Service Center Report 19
Decision Support Tools as Instruments to facilitate Climate Change Adaptation - The case of the BalticClimate Toolkit for adaptation in the German Baltic Sea region
Planning and implementing measures for adaptation to climate change poses challenges to decision makers already today. In recent years so-called decision support tools have been developed in order to support decision makers to cope with the complexity of climate change decision making contexts and thus facilitate adaptation planning processes. This report aimed at revealing if decision support tools are actually able to assist decisions in the context of climate change adaptation and what requirements they have to meet in order to be effectively applied. Therefore an already existing webbased and guideline-oriented tool addressing people in the Baltic Sea region was investigated: the socalled ‘BalticClimate Toolkit’.
June 10, 2014
New release: Climate Service Center Report 18
Prioritisation Method for Adaptation Measures to Climate Change in the Water Sector
Climate change brings new management challenges to the environment and to the economic sectors. The management of water in the face of climate change, as an intersection between the whole economy and the environment, is an example that demands for research input. The proposed prioritisation methodology seeks to evaluate adaptation measures separately, but also compare them as a group. Therefore, it includes a multicriteria comparison which considers not only the cost and benefits as criteria but also analyses the results through economic, environmental and social factors weighted separately. In doing so, it should be possible to select the one with the best performance to face future climate change challenges, independently of each measure’s goals. In this document, the methodology and the concepts involved are comprehensively explained. Prior to this, a theoretical focus is presented to link the concepts of climate change, water, adaptation and economics.
June 04, 2014
New release: Adaptation guidebook
Adapting to Climate Change: Methods and Tools for Climate Risk Management
This guidebook, Adapting to climate change: methods and tools for climate risk management, seeks to provide organisations with the information they need in order to understand the range of issues involved in adaptation, and to help them make informed decisions about how they may make progress with adaptation planning in practice.
May 27, 2014
New release: Climate Service Center Report 15
Mapping of Climate Service Providers - Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Results: A German Case Study
The aim of this document is to provide a guidance to support the climate service mapping activities in the JPI Climate member states and non JPI Climate members based on the experiences and lessons learned, including those learned in the initial pilot study in Germany. It provides examples, background information, supportive documents as well as results of this mapping activity and recommendations on how to proceed.
August 29, 2013
Statistical methods for the analysis of simulated and observed climate data
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The brochure "Statistical methods for the analysis of simulated and observed climate data - Applied in projects and institutions dealing with climate change impact and adaptation" is adressed to different users of climate and impact model data as well as observational data who need help in finding suitable methods for their data evaluation. The brochure is not a textbook, which teaches the fundamental concepts of statistics. It rather complements the existing literature and gives suggestions on how practical issues can be solved.
The Report is also available as printed version.
Workshops “Adaptation to climate change in Mountain & Coastal Areas” - transatlantic dialogues
After a successful initial meeting focusing on “Adaptation to climate change in mountain and coastal areas”, that was held 16 -19 April at the Climate Service Center in Hamburg, the dialogue was continued on the same topic at the Global Change Institute in Aspen, Colorado 13-16 August.
August 06, 2013
Statement of Met Office Hadley Centre on the recent pause in warming
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Global mean surface temperatures rose rapidly from the 1970s, but have been relatively flat over the most recent 15 years to 2013. This has prompted speculation that human induced global warming is no longer happening, or at least will be much smaller than predicted. Others maintain that this is a temporary pause and that temperatures will again rise at rates seen previously.
August 01, 2013
Actions for Climate-Induced Migration
Climate-induced migration: THE HAMBURG CONFERENCE DECLARATION
Climate change is not only throwing ecosystems off balance; it is also threatening the livelihoods of many people, which can result in major migrations. But we are currently lacking both reliable data and effective political strategies to deal with these changes, as a conference organized by the Climate Service Center and the KlimaCampus determined and which ended with a joint final declaration.
July 04, 2013
THE HAMBURG CONFERENCE: Actions for Climate-Induced Migration
On July 16th the three-day conference on climate induced migration. The goal of the Hamburg Conference is to increase knowledge and management inputs through an intensive learning process of decision-making, action and evaluation. Therefore we invite contributions showing tools and actions to deal innovatively with environmental and climate-induced migration.
Central and final aim of the conference is to collect evidence-based knowledge and experiences and produce an outcome document, along the lines of the Nansen Principles on Human Displacements, thus contributing to setting the future agenda on climate induced migration.
Find more information about the conference and the agenda in the links below.
June 06, 2013
New Tool: The Climate-Fact-Sheets
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To help in the generation of consistent climate information, the Climate Service Center developed the climate-fact-sheets at the request of, and in cooperation with, the KfW-Bank. In a compact and concise form the climate-fact-sheets contain the essential climate characteristics and future climate trends of individual countries or regions worldwide on five to six pages. The climate-fact-sheets represent a new time and effort saving enquiry and planning tool.
May 02, 2013
Adaptation to Climate Change in Mountain & Coastal Areas: a Transatlantic Dialogue
n cooperation with different partners such as the Global Change Institute in Aspen, Colorado or Ecologic/RADOST the Climate Service Center organized a four days workshop. About 40 stakeholders and scientist from Germany, Europe and the USA were invited to integrate regional adaptation practicies and the latest scientific results on climate change.
February 22, 2013
Prof. Brasseur as guest in Brazil
Climate Service Center director Prof. Guy Brasseur was invited by the Brazilian Minister of of Science, Technology and Innovation.