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.

International REKLIM Conference

The Helmholtz Climate Initiative „Regionale Climate Change“ (REKLIM) takes the pleasure to welcome you to the 2nd International Conference „Our Climate - Our Future: Regional Perspectives on a Global Challenge“ which will be held from 23rd – 25th September 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The conference incorporates keynote speeches, Oral talks, Poster presentations, networking opportunities, and many more. We are looking forward to receive your abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations in due time, but more importantly we are excited to see you all in person in September 2019! For additional information and latest news please visit the official conference website at www.reklim-conference-2019.de

REKLIM for the third time in „Berlinale special series NATIVe - A Journey into Indigenous Cinema“

Worldwide climate change and its regional impacts represent one of the greatest challenges for the global community. Yet, in many cases, we’ve only just begun to find societal answers to the effects of climate change. The active participation of all social actors is vital to achieving the necessary transformation processes – and the medium of film can play an important part!

7th REKLIM Conference "Klimawandel in Regionen"

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)

Climate change intensifies droughts in Europe

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):

Understanding the climate change on your own doorstep

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.