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Bleckede, a city on the Elbe, is one of the first cities to be counselled by GERICS specialists on the topic of “water in the city”. Jens Böther, the mayor of this community, comprised of approximately ten thousand inhabitants in the Elbtalaue in Lower Saxony, speaks with Markus Groth about the results. The interview was published in the HZG magazine in2science. Interview: "Swamped in Bleckede"


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How may climate change influence society and businesses? What impact may extreme weather such as heavy rainfall events or drought have on my region? The answers to these and similar questions are provided by the Climate Service Center Germany GERICS. GERICS website


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GERICS

Think-Tank for Climate Services

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Since the start of industrialisation, the global temperature has risen by around one degree, and climate change is underway. The strength of its effects in the future depends primarily on how far humanity can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and whether the agreed two-degree upper limit can be maintained. But one thing is certain: over the medium term at least, climate change can’t be stopped, and we need to prepare for the consequences and adapt to them.

Policy-makers, administrations and companies are faced with the following concrete questions: to what extent must a city’s rainwater management prepare for future extreme rainfall events? What does climate adapted urban development look like? How can companies also take into account the effects of future climate change within their planning processes? How may global supply chains be affected by climate impacts?

Climate change information, products and advisory services

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These questions accurately reflect the current need of decision-makers for information regarding climate change and its effects.

The Climate Service Center Germany, abbreviated to GERICS, works as a thinktank to provide answers to these kind of questions. GERICS develops prototypes for climate services and works in close collaboration with scientists and practice partners from politics, the economy and administration. GERICS actively promotes the connecting of these different players.

GERICS develops scientfically sound prototypical products, advisory services and decision-relevant information in order to support government, administration and businesses in their efforts to adapt to climate change. Supported activities currently focus on the fields of water, energy, ecosystems, and cities.

High-resolution information on climate change is required for activities regarding adaptation to climate change. GERICS is involved in the development of models andmethods in order to be able to provide local climate change information.

Users’ requirements

Adaptation measures must always focus on specific local conditions: a municipality on the coast is confronted by problems that are different to those of a community in the mountains. In order to develop precisely tailored solutions to meet individual needs regarding climate information, the GERICS experts work in close cooperation with users.

GERICS scientists are engaged in a range of different activities, including the development of climate fact sheets. These fact sheets provide important information on climate and climate change, in a compact form for countries, regions, climate zones, and production sites.

Integrating the subject of climate change in development strategies

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GERICS experts also work on modular advisory toolkits. These toolkits are practice oriented, which together with their modular nature, means that they can be easily adapted for integrating climate change in development strategies for cities and companies.

The “Adaptation toolkit for cities” supports cities and local authorities in developing and implementing strategies and measures to adapt to the consequences of climate change.

Equally, climate mitigation aspects are also included.

There is an interface to the “Company toolkit”. This is aimed specifically at decision makers in companies in order for them to be able to take into account the opportunities and risks of climate change in medium- and long-term corporate strategies.