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In order to find out why the hunting spider Cupiennius salei adheres so well to vertical surfaces, the interdisciplinary research team investigates the tiny adhesive hairs on the spider legs. [Foto: © Siekmann, Uni Kiel]

What keeps spiders on the ceiling?

A team of researchers from Kiel University and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG) deciphers the details of adhesive structures of spider legs. more

Cities in global climate change

Summary for Urban Policy Makers: what the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C means for cities. GERICS Director Prof. Daniela Jacob is one of the authors. more

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Calculating the future of cod in the Barents Sea

Together with a Norwegian team of scientists, coastal researchers at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht have developed a statistical procedure that can help predict future cod stocks in the Barents Sea. This new method could sustainably improve cod fishery management on longer time scales and has now been published in the journal PLoS ONE. more

Setting the course for adjustments: the IPCC special report on 1.5°C of global warming

Cyclones, rising sea levels, droughts: the fact that climate change is threatening poorer countries in particular was officially recognised in the Paris Climate Treaty in 2015. A special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) clarifies what politics and society can now do to stop global warming at 1.5°C and what the consequences of this global warming would be. more