Welcome to the Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM!

The Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM (Regionale Klimaänderungen/Regional climate change) is a consortium of nine research centres within the Helmholtz Association. REKLIM is using its unique combination of competence in regional observations and process studies (in situ observations, airborne and satellite remote sensing) coupled with model simulations to improve regional and global climate models, which provide a solid basis for climate-related decision support. Moreover, global climate simulations are used to determine the effects of climate variability and change on the regional scale with improved modelling tools for attribution and impact studies. On the other hand, process modules and parameterisations from these regional studies serve to improve global climate models. The Climate Initiative will facilitate various scientific opportunities for improving knowledge of the regional Earth System, in particular with respect to impacts. Via the Helmholtz Regional Climate Offices and the Climate Service Centre policymakers and other decision makers will be supported in assessing risks and opportunities and designing mitigation and adaptation strategies.

On the 14th of September 2017, the Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM (‘Regional Climate Change’) hosted its 7th regional conference, held in Leipzig. This year’s event chiefly focused on two topics: ‘how ‘extreme events are evolving’ and ‘how climate adaptation can be concretely planned’. (More information available in German language)

Global warming will exacerbate soil droughts in Europe - droughts will last longer, affect greater areas, and have an impact on more people. If the earth warms by three degrees Celsius, extreme events - such as the drought which struck large parts of Europe in 2003 - could become the normal state in the future. This scenario was described in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change by an international team of authors comprised of scientists coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).

More information (press release of Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ, 23.04.2018):

For a second time, the NATIVe section of the Berlinale 2018 recently worked together with the Coordinating Office of the Helmholtz network REKLIM at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research and the DEKRA University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. In the context of the event “Indigenous Life and Global Climate Change – From Polar Regions to Pacific Islands. From Melting Ice to Sea Level Rise”, researchers and filmmakers used presentations, discussions and film screenings to highlight the dramatic consequences of global warming and its regional impacts.

Making climate research accessible – it was with this goal in mind that the Alfred Wegener Institute released in January 2018 the magazine “Tracking Change - Climate Research in Polar Regions”. In articles, interviews and infographics, readers will come to realise why pursuing climate research in the polar regions is so vital. The chapter "Understanding the climate change on your own doorstep" gives an overview on REKLIM activities sharing the knowledge about the regional impacts of climate change with the societal actors and the general public.

Topic speaker Prof. Reimund Schwarze as observer at the COP23!
For many years now, Prof. Reimund Schwarze from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig has accompanied the United Nations’ international climate negotiations on climate change as an expert and researcher. He is also the Speaker for REKLIM’s Topic 7 ‘Risk analysis and risk management for integrated climate strategies’ and attended the Climate Change Conference as an observer for REKLIM. In an interview the environmental economics expert discusses the expectations from the conference, as well as the question of who could assume an international leadership role in the future.

As a follow up of our October 2014 international REKLIM conference “Our Climate – Our Future; regional perspectives on a global challenge” we compiled a special issue in the journal POLARFORSCHUNG (Polar Research), published by the German Society of Polar Research (www.dgp-ev.de) and the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).

The Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM, working in close collaboration with the WWF and the regional educational institutions fesa e.V. and ifpro, is currently developing a continuing education course for adults on the topic of climate change, which will eventually be rolled out at community colleges throughout Germany. The project, titled ‘climate-fit’, was made possible by the financial support of the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

The 7th REKLIM Workshop, organised this year by GFZ and the REKLIM coordination office took place in Göhren-Lebbin from Wednesday, 27th -  29th of March 2017. The workshop gave the REKLIM community the opportunity to present the latest work and results in talks and posters.

REKLIM events 2018

9th REKLIM Workshop: 06-08 May 2019, Herrsching

International REKLIM Conference: 23 -26 September 2019, Berlin

REKLIM Report September 2017

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