What's New in Climate Science?

Once a month, CliSAP researchers present their projects in Hamburg’s daily newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt. Read about our academics’ latest discoveries!

Plankton from 1920 – reviving tiny algae from their long slumber
Marine biologist Jana Hinners woke up dinoflagellate cells that are about 100 years old. Read more.

China: Climate Protection as a Side Effect 
Sociology Professor Anita Engels focused the question how effective the Chinese efforts are? Read more.

Rain catchers out at sea
Geoscientist Christian Klepp is developing a new dataset based on extensive measurements, which he is gathering on board research ships with the help of specially designed equipment. Read more

Like small blenders in the sea: offshore wind turbines
Dozens of wind turbines, each over 100 meters tall, produce renewable electricity for our households. Dr. Jens Floeter researchs how these farms disturb marine ecosystems, or if they actually have a positive effect? Read more

Nuclear waste disposal sites: Why the next ice age plays a role
The geophysicist Prof. Dr. Christian Hübscher at Universität Hamburg’s Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability currently is researching seismic ground motion and geological deformations. Read more

Extreme temperatures: Europe is heating, Turkey is cooling
Meteorologist Christian Franzke discovered a surprising result while reexaming data sets on local extreme temperatures. He is currently analyzing results from the monitoring station in Hamburg. Read more

When the tundra chases the taiga
Prof. Martin Claußen investigated how climate changes affect vegetation like tundra or taiga. Read more

Stable treeline: How a valley in the Himalayas is defying climate change
Geographers Niels Schwab and Birgit Bürzle investigated the treeline around Beding. Read more

Weather forecasts for Pakistani farmers
The agricultural economist Muhammad Abid interviewed farmers in Pakistan about climate change. Read more

Witnesses of the wind: what the grains of sand in a dune can tell us
Geologist Sebastian Lindhorst used the sand deposits in a wandering dune to reconstruct how hard the wind blew in the past. Read more.

Corinna Schrum is an oceanographer analyses how climate change affects the North Sea. How is climate change affecting the North Sea? Read more

Coral atolls indicate birth of Indian monsoon
Christian Betzler is a geologist and explains the connection between coral atolls and the birth of the Indian monsoon. Read more.

How mysterious clouds are related to climate
Heike Konow is a meteorologist and measured the clouds near the Caribbean island Barbados. Read more

Why They Drive Sugar-powered Cars in Brazil
Daniele Vieira do Nascimento about technology diffusion and the flex-fuel boom in Brazil . Read more.

Strategy mix can mitigate the climate impacts on EU farmlands
Natalie Trapp investigated the economic impacts of climate change for agriculture in the EU. Read more.

Extraterrestrial impacts: When rock flows like water
Ulrich Riller explains his research on extraterrestrial meteorite impacts and the behavior of the sourrounding material. Read more.

Rainforest clearing
Michael Köhl explains the effects of the interntional climate agreement on the tropical rainforest. Read more.

How island communities are adapting to rising sea levels
The geographer Jan Petzold is currently investigating how coastal residents are adapting to rising sea levels. Read more

Mosses reduce methane emissions in wetlands
Christian Knoblauch shows that not just microorganisms but also plants have a major influence on the formation and release of methane. Read more.

Ocean salinity explains climate phenomena
Julia Köhler uses satellite data to identify changes in ocean salinity around the globe. Read more.

There are more than three trillion trees in the world
Peter Borchardt has studied a unique ecosystem in Kyrgyzstan, and in so doing has provided a basis for counting the number of trees around the globe. Read more.

Fishing grounds off the coast of southwest Africa: not yet affected by climate change
Kay Emeis is researching whether the ecological changes off the coast of southwest Africa are the product of climate change. Read more.

Offshore wind parks: Germany’s subsidies are too generous
Michael Funke is investigating incentives that promote offshore wind parks. Read more.

Urgent need to explain climate policy
Michael Brüggemann is analyzing the media coverage on climate change — for example during the climate conference. Read more.

Will the climate phenomenon El Niño mean a harsh winter for Hamburg?
Johanna Baehr
is a Professor at the Institute of Oceanography and an expert on seasonal prognoses. Read more.

Large-scale offshore wind parks offer a cooling effect on land
Meteorologist Marita Boettcher is exploring the influence of offshore wind power on the regional climate. Read more.

Intact natural habitats help to reduce greenhouse gases
Environmental scientist Dr. Kerstin Jantke works at the Research Unit Sustainability and Global Change.  Read more.

Barium in microfossils confirms climatic changes in the Mediterranean
Geologist Valerie Menke focuses on using microscopic life forms to reconstruct climatic changes that took place in the Mediterranean. Read more.

Flooding and Evacuation: Using Mathematical Models to Predict Affected Areas
Anja Jeschke developed a mathematical model that allows to accurately simulate extreme scenarios. Read more.

A Cultural anthropologist in climate research
Dr. Werner Krauß is a fellow of the Cluster of Excellence in the project "Understanding Science in Interaction". Read more.

CSI climate change: In search of CO2 rivals
Prof. Dr. Hans von Storch is one of the HZG and professor at Universität Hamburg’s Meteorological Institute. He solved the case of the warming temperature in the Baltic region. Read more.

Survey on centennial-scale drought: Environmental refugees not involved in protests
Dr. Christiane Fröhlich is working at Universität Hamburg’s Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy and is a member of the Cluster of Excellence CliSAP.  Read more.

Exciting news from the edge: Measuring the snow cover on Arctic ice
Dr. Nina Maaß researches remote sensing methods for Arctic ice at the Cluster of Excellence CliSAP. Read more.

Climate formulas: Even extreme weather follows rules
Prof. Valerio Lucarini is a theoretical meteorologist at the Cluster of Excellence CliSAP. He translates extreme weather phenomena into strict mathematical formulas. Read more.