CliSAP successfully finished in 2018. Climate research continues in the Cluster of Excellence "CLICCS".

Informing the general public about climate change: The KlimaCampus on the Rathausmarkt


The third Hamburg Climate Week is being held from September 23 to 30. Under the patronage of EU Energy Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, more than 100 protagonists involved in sustainability, climate research, climate protection and climate adaptation will be presenting developments in their area. KlimaCampus members and representatives from the Climate Service Center at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht will be at the Rathausmarkt to inform the public about climate research in Hamburg.

From Friday, 23.9 to Sunday 25.9, members of KlimaCampus like the Hamburg University, the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology and the German Climate Computing Center, in cooperation with the Climate Service Center of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, will be present in an "education tent" on the Rathausplatz in front of the Town Hall.

The focus is on questions such as: What influences urban climate? How warm is it going to get in coming decades? How quickly is the ice on the polar caps melting? Visitors will get answers at the scientific exhibits, for example, an interactive climate globe which shows different climate scenarios until far into the future. The KlimaCampus urban climate exhibition shows the effects of climate change on life in our cities. On an interactive touch screen and illuminated cylindrical billboards, visitors can see how high buildings affect the wind in a city or how temperatures would change if the Alster were to be filled with concrete.

School pupils from the tenth grade up can go on an excursion and view the supercomputers used for calculating climate simulations at the German Climate Computing Center.

Climate concert

The second Hamburg climate concert will be performed in the St. Petri Church at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 23. Accompanied by video installations on forests, the Felix Mendelssohn Youth Symphony Orchestra will be playing works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Liszt. Climate researchers will present results of their research in short film documentaries between the pieces of music. Prof. Anita Engels, Prof. Jürgen Scheffran, Dr. Dirk Notz and Marion Vanselow-Algan, all from KlimaCampus, will be giving an insight into their research work.
Prof. Scheffran will address conflicts in Africa which are being exacerbated by the climate change. "Natural resources are vital for human well-being, particularly in farming societies. Poor harvests can negatively impact the stability of a society," Prof. Scheffran explains.

More information and the full program of the third Hamburg Climate Week are available here (only in German).