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

Do Hamburg citizens link climate change to storm surges? An interview with Nicole Kruse


This month the interview series "Climate Research made in Hamburg" presents Nicole Kruse. Working in the CliSAP research group "StarG – Storm Surges as Regional Geohazards" the geographer is currently completing her PhD thesis on mental constructs of climate change. Her particular focus is on Hamburg-based experts and citizens.

Climate change is a considerable challenge for the communication between experts and citizens. For communication to be successful, both groups need to be aware of the other’s conceptions of climate change.
Storm surges have always played an important role in Hamburg, and many citizens still remember the severe storm surge of 1962. As part of her PhD thesis, Nicole Kruse conducts interviews with Hamburg-based experts and citizens: How do they view the threats posed by storm surges and climate change, and how does the 1962 storm surge influence that perception?
Her work forms part of an interdisciplinary long-term analysis which investigates the discourses of the media, politics, administration and the population and relates them to each other.  
In the interview Nicole Kruse speaks about her research topics and life as a postgraduate at the CliSAP Graduate School SICSS (School of Integrated Climate System Sciences).

The interview was conducted by Prof. Dr. Hans von Storch, Director of the Institute for Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, and Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schäfer, Head of the Working Group "Media Constructions of Climate Change" at the Hamburg KlimaCampus.

Read the Interview