Granted: Hamburg cluster of excellence for climate research

CliCCS co-speaker Prof. Dr. Anita Engels (Centre for Globalisation and Governance, Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences), CliCCS speaker Prof. Dr. Detlef Stammer (Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability,Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences) and CliCCS co-speaker Prof. Dr. Jochem Marotzke (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology) (left to right). Photo: Claudia Höhne

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat, WR), and the Joint Science Conference in Bonn have announced that Universität Hamburg has been granted four clusters of excellence. The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is participating in the cluster “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CliCCS)”. Prof. Dr. Jochem Marotzke is Managing Director at MPI-M and co-speaker of the cluster:

„I am delighted and much relieved that our intensive effort on preparing the CliCCS proposal has paid off. And I congratulate our main partner, the University of Hamburg, on the fantastic success of their four funded clusters.“

Exploring fundamental and topical scientific questions and conducting world-class research: clusters of excellence are interdisciplinary and cross-institutional research collaborations in which numerous scientists and scholars focus on especially relevant related topics.

Excerpt from press release by Universität Hamburg:

The cluster focuses on questions such as “Is it possible to limit global warming to 2 degrees or, even better, 1.5 degrees? If yes, how?” and “What could the future look like physically and which scenarios are plausible in a larger social context?”

To answer these questions, we need to know how people perceive climate change, what effective long-term decisions are being made, and how these impact and are impacted by the physical climate. There is a clear global climate trend. At the same time, climate variability is so great that the effects in some places seem milder than expected at first or even contradictory. This makes it difficult to make predictions and to motivate people to change. Furthermore, it is not just the climate that is so dynamic; societies change, too, generally and in some cases in response to climate change itself, which in turn further impacts the climate.

The cluster’s climate research covers natural and societal aspects, and develops and reviews adaptation scenarios for sample cities and coasts. It yields important knowledge for policy makers and contributes to a purposeful climate policy. In addition to the University, the Max Planck Institute of Meteorology, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, and the Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum are participating. Climate research has proven than human beings contribute to climate change. The Paris Agreement has resulted in new challenges for scientists.

Cluster spokesperson Prof. Dr. Detlef Stammer, Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN): “The Paris Agreement brings new scientific challenges: How can we limit the warming of the Earth to 2 or, even better, 1.5 degrees Celsius? What are the likely and what are the plausible climate scenarios of the future? Against this backdrop, it is both good and necessary that we can now pursue this research project. How do people perceive climate change, what effective long-term decisions can we make, and how will these impact the climate in turn? The Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CliCCS) Cluster of Excellence can provide policy makers and society at large with this information and it will significantly advance international climate science.”

Roughly 230 people from 15 disciplines (including oceanography, meteorology, biology, sociology, economics, humanities) are involved in the cluster.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences; Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Faculty of Humanities.

Participating institutions: Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum, eight further scientific institutions—many of which are members of the KlimaCampus Hamburg.

Further information:
Press release by Universität Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Jochem Marotzke
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: +49 40 41173 311 (Assistant Kornelia Müller)
Email: jochem.marotzke@we dont want