Storm Research Overseas
Those who have travelled the coast on a bike enjoy having it behind them: the wind. At sea, it can blow without pause across the water – sometimes as a soft breeze and sometimes as a storm. When the wind reaches land though, it meets the obstacles in its way. At that point mountains, forests, and buildings make it almost impossible to obtain reliable measurements of the wind.
But particularly in coastal regions, it is important to obtain a complete picture of wind and storm activity, in order to predict the chances of storm flooding, for example. In order to reproduce past wind and storm activity, so-called proxy data has been used in science for over more than 20 years. In this area of climate research, data from air pressure measurements that allow for conclusions about wind strength are the major form of proxy. Thus far however, it is not yet clear how reliable these proxies actually are.
Oliver Krüger, doctoral student at the Institute of Coastal Research is studying the reliability of these proxies in his doctoral thesis. In order to further his research, Mr. Krüger will continue to work on his thesis from June through October at the Pacific Climate Impact Consortium (PCIC) in Victoria, Canada, where he will work together with the director of the PCIC, Dr. Francis Zwiers.
His research stay is being financed by the Hamburg Übersee-Club e.V. (Overseas Club). Every two years, the club awards scholarships to young scientists to conduct research abroad. The recipients of the scholarships were given their awards during the 62nd Overseas Day, which the Übersee-Club traditionally organizes in Hamburg's City Hall during the city's harbor birthday celebrations. This year, the young researchers received their awards from a prominent guest: Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's Minister for Labor and Social Affairs.
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