The earth is undergoing a profound change: the air temperature is rising, the oceans are warming up, glaciers, ice sheets and snow packs are decreasing more and more, and the global sea level is rising. All of these are signs of considerable global warming in recent decades. However, the effects of climate change can vary widely from region to region.
In order to investigate the regional climate, nine research centers of the Helmholtz Association (AWI, DLR, FZJ, GFZ, GEOMAR, Helmholtz Munich, HZG, KIT, UFZ) have joined together to form the Helmholtz Association "Regional Climate Change and People" (REKLIM).
The aim of the research activities is to better understand the interactions between atmosphere, ocean and land surfaces and to examine regional impacts of climate change in detail. “Science was and is an important engine for the development of our civil society, but also a pioneer to find solutions to social issues and challenges. In REKLIM we develop knowledge that can be used as the basis for decision-making processes. Finding answers, understanding climate change, its causes and consequences around us, and finding ways to point out options for action - this is what drives our research network,” says Dr. Klaus Grosfeld, climate researcher at AWI and managing director of REKLIM. “Climate research today has to show citizens perspectives and potentials to drive the urgently needed social change. REKLIM acts like a melting pot for special knowledge in order to better understand the interactions between the individual components of the climate system. We are committed to the sustainable development of our society,” adds Prof. Dr. Peter Braesicke, scientific coordinator of REKLIM at KIT.