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


The Cluster of Excellence is part of strong international research network. CliSAP staff members represent numerous committees in Germany as well as overseas. We cooperate closely with specialists in distinguished climate research institutions all over the globe.

Research and knowledge transfer

Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)
Based in Hamburg and Rostock, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, the BSH is responsible for environmental protection, maritime safety, and the promotion of a sustainable use of the oceans. Website.

Climate Service Center 2.0
The CS2.0 is an institution of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (Centre for Materials and Coastal Research). Its team, made up of natural scientists, economists, political science and communications experts, processes climate research information and data for practical uses. Website.

National Meteorological Service (DWD)
The DWD is the official German meteorological agency providing weather and climate information. Its tasks include marine and aviation forecasts and warnings as well as severe weather warnings for the general public. Website (German).

Environmental Protection Coordination Center
Climate protection has become an essential element of city policy in Hamburg. The city’s climate protection program builds upon ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions combined with a solid funding program. Website (German).

Northern German Climate Office (HZG)
Climate change is often perceived as a global problem. As yet, little is known about its regional ramifications. Thus, the North German Climate Office focuses on northern Germany. It concentrates on processing general climate research results with the goal to enhance local climate change adaptations. Website (German).

Climate Navigator
Aiming to provide easy access to information on climate change and adaptations more than sixty of Germany’s major players in climate research have joined to operate the internet portal. Website (German).


German Climate Consortium e. V. (DKK)
CliSAP is a member of the DDK, the association of Germany’s leading climate and climate change impact research institutions. All members follow the DKK’s guiding principle “Research for Society, Economy, and the Environment“. Website.

German Marine Research Consortium (KDM)
The KDM represents the German collective for marine, polar, and coastal research. Through its affiliation with the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) CliSAP has also become a KDM member. Website.

International climate research institutions

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
The EIT aims to strengthen supporting forces of innovation in Europe; in particular by fostering effective solutions for societal problems. Website.

Global Climate Observing System
The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) is a joint effort of various international organizations pursuing the goal to retrieve comprehensive information about the climate system as a whole. Website.

Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
The GEO assists and coordinates endeavors to build a global earth observation system. The GEO initiative was launched in response to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSS) in 2002. Website.

International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
The IGBP was initiated in 1987 in order to coordinate the global research on the interplay of the Earth’s biological, chemical, and physical processes with human systems. Website.

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
UNESCO’s IOC is the authorized marine science body within the United Nations. Its program includes ocean observation, data collection, and information exchange. Website.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The IPCC assesses the latest scientific, technical, and socioeconomic information relevant to the understanding of climate change. Several CliSAP researchers were lead authors of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report AR5. Website.

Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)
The GOOS is a permanent global system for the observation, modeling, and analysis of marine and ocean variables. Its primary aim is to support operational ocean services around the world.

World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
The WCRP is an international research program with the aim to influence climate change by controling human-induced climate change impacts. Website.

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
The WMO is the United Nations’ authoritative voice on the state and behavior of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, and the resulting distribution of global water resources. Website.

Research funding

German Research Foundation (DFG)
The DFG supports science through research funding and the promotion of research cooperation. CliSAP has been funded by the DFG within the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. Website.

Office of Science and Research (BWF)
The BWF is the administrative authority for all educational and research institutions within the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The Cluster of Excellence CliSAP receives BWF and DFG funding. Website