The Himalayan region is one of the recognized hot spots of climate change. It is very sensitive to potential shifts of monsoon patterns and of the position of the jet stream. Additionally, the complexity of the geopolitical and socio-economic situation of the region makes it vulnerable to large-scale environmental changes which pose significant risks and conflict potentials. For example, what will be the impact of melting glaciers? Bursting glacial lakes could flood whole valleys. Destabilizing the Himalaya mountains as "Asia’s water tower" – the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and many other rivers have their source here – could pose a threat to many millions of people.
Leading scientists of two KlimaCampus teams coordinate the international cooperation: Prof. Valerio Lucarini, head of the group of Theoretical Meterology, and Prof. Jürgen Scheffran, head of the Research Group Climate Change and Security.
In addition to recent workshops, joint research activities are on the way, involving a project on gender and environmental migration in between SDPI (Mome Saleem) and Hamburg (Giovanna Gioli). Further collaborations are kicking off on crucial themes such as the hydrological cycle and climate modeling, and on activities such as training, education, and capacity building.
Further joint activities between the University of Hamburg and institutes of this Asian region are expected to follow, e.g. with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).