Climate Office for Central Germany at UFZ

Regional impacts of global climate change

The impacts of climate change will vary from region to region. Farmers, coastal engineers, urban planners and decision-makers from government and industry need first-hand information in order to be able to prepare themselves for climate change in their regions.

Hochwasser 2013 - Grimma The river Mulde in Saxony inundated the inner city of Grimma in 2013. Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ As a result, the demand for advice and information on local climate change has been rising steadily over recent years. The Helmholtz Association began responding to this recent development in 2007 by setting up Regional Climate Offices. "Because we are conducting research on climate change, land use, water management and related topics at a number of Helmholtz Centres, we see it as our duty to make this knowledge available to help people plan for the future," said Prof. Jürgen Mlynek, former President of the Helmholtz Association.

A forum for regional climate change

To collect scientific information on regional climate impacts on environment, landuse and society is a central aim of the Climate Office for Central Germany, as well as to disseminate these data in a comprehensible way to regional stakeholders and the public. The evaluation of Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change will be done with a regional focus on the Federal States Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony. In return, stakeholders deliver their information demand to the scientific community. This enables us to set our research focus to practical needs.

Helmholtz Association sets up nationwide network

The Climate Office for Central Germany is part of a Helmholtz Climate Office Network. These Regional Climate Offices pool and impart research findings that are of particular relevance for climate-sensitive areas of the region in question. The North German Climate Office is situated at the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, the South German Climate Office at the Karlsruhe Research Centre and the Climate Office for Polar Regions at Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven.