Welcome to the Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM!

The Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM (Regional Climate Change and Humans) is a network of nine research centres within the
Helmholtz Association that combines several, competence-driven research topics in a comprehensive approach. REKLIM produces essential regional information on climate change, which it subsequently transfers for the benefit of society. In this regard, REKLIM combines regional observation, process studies and coupled climate simulations, with a focus on regional climate change and the connections to human beings. Moreover, it works across the borders of disciplines (including the social sciences), methodologies and individual research centres. By doing so, REKLIM helps to provide a sound basis for making informed climate-related decisions. Global climate simulations, together with improved modelling systems for studies on classification and impacts, are used to investigate the effects of climate variability and climate change at the regional scale. REKLIM is a close-knit network of scholars in various stages of their careers, regardless of which Helmholtz Centre or which field they call home. It encompasses the entire chain of effect, from knowledge production regarding regional climate change to taking concrete action, the goal being to enable civil society to better address climate protection and climate change adaptation. Knowledge transfer to society is an important aspect of REKLIM’s activities. In addition, the Regional Climate Offices of the Helmholtz Association and the Climate Service Center Germany provide decision-makers support with assessing risks and opportunities, and with developing mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Is Germany drying out?

22 August 2022
Heat, droughts, devastating forest fires and the rivers are at their lowest levels for a long time. Across Europe, the summer of 2022 follows on from the record summer of 2018. It is becoming increasingly clear with what effects climate change is progressing and influencing people's everyday lives. Reports of extreme events are increasing worldwide, and no region of the world is exempt from these consequences. What seems far away today can become reality on our own doorstep tomorrow! In their contribution, Monica Ionita and colleagues from the AWI put the summer 2022 hot spell into perspective. "The developments of the last few years and the high succession of extreme heat and dry years has brought nature to its limits, which we will feel for a long time to come. Unless we act now in a proper and consequent matter to reduce our emissions and make better choices for ourselves and our environment, what we have experienced in the past few years will become our new normal and our children will live in a very different and unfriendly climate than we are used to", Monica Ionita describes the current situation. Read more here ...

Gateway to the Arctic – VIII and evening event „Arctic Change“

Under the title "Perceiving Arctic Change - Climate, Society and Sustainability", the 8th workshop "Gateway to the Arctic" will take place in Potsdam from October 4 to 7, 2021. The workshop is closely related to the inauguration of the graduate school of the same name, which is organized as a joint thematic initiative of the University of Paris-Saclay and REKLIM/AWI in cooperation with the AWI graduate school POLMAR. During this year's Gateway Workshop, the official launch of PACCSS will take place in a prestigious evening event in Berlin with international guests. Read more here...

July heavy rains and floods in western Germany: Evolution of a tragedy!

22 July 2021
The last few days and weeks have shown how severely and unprepared extreme weather events can affect our society and how difficult it is to get the information from the early warning forecast systems to the proper authorities in order to protect the population. Even if the individual event can be classified as a weather event, the multitude of extreme events worldwide is an effect of the climate system changing due to climate change. Climate protection and adaptation to climate change will be crucial in the future in order to better adapt to these changes as a society and to mitigate the impact as much as possible. Reade more here ...

klimafit Wins the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the AWI’s Transfer Prize 2020

10 March 2021
34 community colleges in 2020 – 73 community colleges in 2021, 61% learning success in the area of climate protection and adaptation, and 50% learning success in the area of regional effects, as well as 1,000 multipliers trained to date – those are results to be proud of. Read more here ...

DriftStories from the 2019/2020 MOSAiC expedition through the Central Arctic

With the DriftStories, once a month we’ll introduce a member of the ICE Team and share insights into the background of their research area. Together with the weekly Sea Ice Ticker, these stories will present the sea-ice-related work being done on site in more detail, and help readers understand the role of sea-ice research within the context of the MOSAiC expedition as a whole. We hope you enjoy reading the DriftStories on meereisportal.de

REKLIM anniversary magazine

Climate change at our doorstep
THE REKLIM ANNIVERSARY MAGAZINE reports, in stories and images, on the research network’s findings and broad range of focus areas. In addition, it demonstrates how the research community can and is working in dialogue with society in order to address the most pressing questions of our time.

DriftStories from the Central Arctic – one year, one floe – sea-ice research to the extreme!

You can order the DriftStories free of charge by sending an email to info@REKLIM.de and providing your contact details and address, or you can download the digital PDF version.

REKLIM Report September 2018

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