B: Climate Manifestations and Impacts

Research Area B: With a focus on regional climate phenomena, researchers involved in this key area aim to verify how climate change affects vulnerable terrains: For instance, how does global change impact the Arctic sea ice and permafrost regions? What are likely consequences as regards land use, vegetation, and development projects? Or vice versa: How does intensive land use affect our climate? What short-, medium- and long-term ramifications of biogeochemical land-ocean matter flux changes are to be expected? Are current coupled ocean-ecosystem models suited to assess how phytoplankton and sea creatures will respond to environmental changes? What are the limits of model-based climate change predictions? What does this imply for prospective urban planning, governance, safety, and infrastructure?

B1: Arctic and Permafrost Regions

Research Topic B1: Research efforts in this area focus on ice and permafrost as climate change indicators and forces. Furthermore, the significance of arctic and permafrost regions within the global climate system is investigated.

B2: Land Use and Land Cover Changes

Our group studies interrelationships between anthropogenic land management and climate.

B3: Marine and Coastal Systems

We analyze the effects of climate variability on oceanic matter fluxes and ecosystem dynamics. Our research program comprises various approaches to ecosystem modeling as well as to tracing dissolved matter fluxes.

B4: Regional Storms and their Marine Impacts

Our researchers investigate how regional storm activity changes are impacting storm surges and waves.

B5: Urban Systems - The Test Bed Hamburg

This research area explores regional characteristics of climate change and sociocultural dimensions of climate.

CRG Regional Hydrology in Terrestrial Systems

Our research group examines the climatic importance of carbon-rich landscapes in regional and global respect.

CRG Chemistry of Natural Aqueous Solutions

Concentrating on four major topics, we develop reliable global models of biogeochemical matter fluxes at the land-ocean interface and chemical weathering.

CRG Advancement of Coupled Climate Ocean Ecosystem Models

Within ACCOEM researchers analyze how phytoplankton dynamics respond to global change.

CRG Dynamical Systems

Our research efforts are geared towards simulating processes evident in various climate-relevant dynamical systems that involve the atmosphere, the ocean, and the climate.