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Facts, figures, and food for thought

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Questions and answers on the latest Assessment Report

The Assessment Report is one of the most important publications, and arguably the most important publication, on climate change in the world. But understanding all of the content can prove to be a real challenge for non-scientists. Accordingly, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepared a list of the 29 most frequently asked questions and corresponding answers to accompany the first section of its fifth Assessment Report. REKLIM and its partners have translated this collection of key facts, originally released in English, into German, offering essential background information for everyone who wants to be able to take part in climate-related discussions. (Climate Change 2013 Frequently asked questions and answers; Available for download in German at: bit.ly/IPCCFuA)

The latest climate findings online

How quickly is the sea level rising on the North Sea? How has Germany’s climate evolved, and how will it change in the future? The answers to these and many other climate-related questions can be found on the online platforms provided by the four Helmholtz Climate Offices that support REKLIM’s dialogue with society.

    • North German Climate Monitor (norddeutscher-klimamonitor.de)
      Offers information on changes in the North German climate since 1951, a platform jointly operated by the North German Climate Office and Germany’s National Meteorological Service.
    • Coastal Protection Requirements: North Sea & Baltic Sea
      (kuestenschutzbedarf.de) Interactive maps show which regions of Germany’s North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts have already implemented measures to protect themselves from storm surges, and which additional regions will likely require such measures by the end of the 21st century – an information service provided by the North German Climate Office.
    • meereisportal.de
      Daily updated maps, monthly analyses, and explanatory background articles on the evolution of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic – an information and data portal provided by the Climate Office for Polar Regions and Sea Level Rise, REKLIM and the University of Bremen.
    • The ‘Your Climate’ app - available at the App Store
      Which parts of Karlsruhe are essential to the city’s climate? In the app, the South German Climate Office highlights them, and encourages users to try viewing the city in a different light.

    • Regional Climate Atlas (regionaler-klimaatlas.de)
      Offers information on the current state of research regarding future climate change in Germany as a whole, and in individual federal states – a joint project of the four regional Helmholtz Climate Offices.
    • Drought Monitor (bit.ly/Duerremonitor)
      Information on soil moisture throughout Germany, updated daily – a service provided by the Climate Office for Central Germany.

    Heat waves and the metropolis on the Elbe

    In the greater Hamburg area, climate change isn’t just a topic for those flood-hardened residents who live near the banks of the Elbe. More than five million people now live in the metropolitan area, and all of their lives will be affected by global warming. The likely scope of those changes, and what the city itself can do to mitigate their impacts, are summarised in the Second Hamburg Climate Report. 70 authors present the latest findings on climate change in the Hamburg metropolitan area – addressing topics ranging from rising water levels in rivers and the ocean, to heat stress and torrential rains in the city, to why it’s essential to water the city park and other green areas during extended droughts. The research presented in this report was coordinated by the North German Climate Office. (Available for download at: bit.ly/Klimab)

    The latest research news

    Every year, in the REKLIM Report the initiative offers concise information on its research activities, showcases outstanding young investigators, and shares highlights from the area of knowledge transfer. Take a look inside; you’ll be glad that you did! All REKLIM Reports are available for download at: bit.ly/REKLIM-Reports

    A short-film festival you can enjoy right at home

    Nothing good on Saturday-night television? Then why not enjoy your very own short-film festival – ideally, together with all your neighbours? The contenders: 13 short films on the climate, jointly produced by students from DEKRA University of Applied Sciences and REKLIM experts. During the NATIVe series at the latest Berlinale film festival, they were a real hit. How will your jury rank them?

    All REKLIM short films are available at: (bit.ly/REKLIM-Filme).

    Looking for more information services and products? Check out: www.reklim.de/en/knowledge-transfer/

    Beteiligte Helmholtz-Forschungszentren: AWI, DLR, FZJ, GEOMAR, GFZ, HMGU, HZG, KIT, UFZ