REKLIM Scientific Workshop 2023

“Climate extremes and their impact on society”

+++ Info for young scientists:

The time allocated to each talk is 20 minutes (including 5 min. discussion) +++


13th REKLIM Workshop, 02 - 05 May 2023, Hotel Aqualux, Bad Salzschlirf

Dear colleagues,

the Cross-Cutting-Activity (CCA) REKLIM (Helmholtz Climate Initiative „Regional Climate Change and Humans”) invites to its 13th annual science workshop from 2th – 5th May, 2023, in Bad Salzschlirf near Fulda, entitled

 “Climate extremes and their impact on society”.

The workshop will be structured by three focus themes that strengthen the bridging function of REKLIM within the one research program of the Research Field Earth & Environment. At the same time, the themes offer interfaces to other research fields, including Health and Energy.

The focus themes are:

  1. Historic and future sea level rise along the German coasts

    Sea level rise poses an immense threat to our coastal landscape, causing flooding, erosion, and ecological damages. Projections indicate that global mean sea-level rise may reach 1 meter by the end of the 21st century, highlighting the urgent need for early action to protect and adapt our coastal areas. Stabilizing global warming doesn't necessarily reduce sea level rise, as the ice sheets respond slowly and long-term to climate forcing. Additionally, the possibility of further acceleration in sea level rise from ice sheet loss is a concern. Thus, this workshop will focus on the associated consequences of sea level rise in the German coastal region and explore the potential risks.

  2. Variability, predictability and attribution of extreme events

    Extreme events are defined as rare events that occur with high intensity and have significant impacts on human, ecological, or economic systems. Examples of extreme events include hurricanes, floods, heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, and extreme precipitation events. Some extreme events may occur more frequently or with greater intensity in some years than in others, making them highly variable. The potential predictability of extreme events is strongly affected by factors such as the accuracy and quality of data, the complexity of the physical processes driving the event, and the availability of modeling tools. Attribution of extreme events refers to the identification of the underlying causes and drivers of an extreme event and it helps to determine the extent to which human activities such as greenhouse gas emissions have contributed to the occurrence or severity of an extreme event. It can also provide insights into the potential impacts of future climate change on extreme events. Thus, understanding the variability, predictability, and attribution of extreme events is critical for improving our ability to prepare for and respond to such events, as well as for developing effective strategies for mitigating their impacts.

  3. Renewable energy, air quality and atmospheric composition extremes

    In addition to extreme meteorological events like heat waves or flooding, climate change and related adaptation and mitigation processes fundamentally influence the atmospheric composition. Anthropogenic emissions are becoming more variable in time, whereas biogenic emissions, especially of ozone precursors, respond non-linearly to heat waves and droughts. Large amounts of aerosols potentially increase mortality in highly populated areas. Saharan dust in the atmosphere modulates solar irradiation and, therefore, reduces renewable energy production. Thus, “controlling” atmospheric composition is a large challenge with high impacts on human health and economy.

The workshop format varies between oral and poster presentations, plenary and break-out group discussions in a lively workshop atmosphere aiming to connect scientists within the one research program.

Young scientists are encouraged to apply for travel grants as soon as possible. Details can be found on the:

Travel grant application form (PDF)

Registration to the workshop is still open. The program is updated continuously on our Website and keynotes will be announced beginning of April.

>>> online Registration

Please make your own hotel reservations as soon as possible under keyword "REKLIM Workshop 2023" (special rate 99 €/ night) at Venue / Hotel aqualux Wellness- und Tagungshotel (, Ahornstraße 7, 36364 Bad Salzschlirf.

Contact details for the hotel reservation:
Please use this E-mail address to make your reservation (please do not use any other online booking form).

We are looking forward to meeting you to discuss and exchange ideas, try to build new partnerships and networks and to invigorate the REKLIM environment.

With best regards,

Peter Braesicke and Klaus Grosfeld

REKLIM was founded as a networking initiative across research field more than a decade ago, and has established a successful bottom-up strategy for prioritizing research questions of social relevance. Findings are available to the society as a whole by a comprehensive knowledge transfer approach. In this way, scientific insights are translated into information and can help to optimize adaptation and mitigation strategies, while also offering valuable support for decision-makers.

Read more about the event on page 2 in the REKLIM July 2023 newsletter


Preliminary Workshop Program and Poster List

Program (PDF)

last updated on 30 April 2023

+++ Info for young scientists:
The time allocated to each talk is 20 minutes (including 5 min. discussion) +++

Poster List (PDF)

last updated on 30 April 2023

Poster format: A0 portrait