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

Talking of climate change as a security issue: an interview with Prof. Dr. Michael Brzoska


This month, the interview series "Climate Research made in Hamburg" is introducing Prof. Dr. Michael Brzoska, an Economist and Political Scientist. Brzoska has been head of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) at Hamburg University since 2006. At the KlimaCampus he is Principal Investigator in the "Climate Change and Security" working group, where he mainly addresses the issue of how security institutions and the military deal with the effects of climate change.

Potential for conflict is growing as the climate changes. The consequence of this is that security risks are also increasing. One example: intensified competition for land and water resources. Experts fear new regional and international crises and conflicts or the escalation of existing disputes over local resources.

Michael Brzoska believes that debate on climate change has seen the emergence of a new understanding of security. It is not a case of concrete threats; instead it is about a wide spectrum of risks and possible future scenarios. Handling these uncertainties and preparing societies for potential conflict situations is a global challenge.

Michael Brzoska and his colleagues in the "Climate Change and Security" working group are examining the interaction between people, their conflicts among one another and current and potential effects of climate change, with the aim of finding ways to overcome or completely avoid violent conflicts.

Prof. Dr. Brzoska was interviewed by Jun. Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schaefer, Head of the "Media Constructions of Climate Change" working group at the KlimaCampus Hamburg, and Prof. Dr. Hans von Storch, Head of the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.

To the interview