About us

Background

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The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) was initiated by the German Federal Government in 2009 as a fundamental part of the German hightech-strategy for climate protection. Since June 2014, GERICS has been a scientific organizational entity of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH.

We are located in the historic “Chilehaus” in Hamburg and employ an interdisciplinary team of natural scientist, economist, humanists, and architects. The total staff number is currently 43. GERICS Director is meteorologist and climate scientist Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob.

Think tank for climate services

Global climate change has different regional impacts, which are already noticeable today. We will have to adapt to these different impacts, and this poses a challenge to a range of different policymakers.

For example, politicians, public administrations and businesses are faced with questions such as: to what extent will cities have to improve their rainwater management with regard to future heavy precipitation events? What does a climate-adapted urban development look like? How can companies take into account climate change impacts in the frame of their process planning? How do climate change impacts affect increasingly global supply chains? These questions reflect the range of different information that decision makers will need in relation to climate change impacts.

GERICS functions as a think tank for climate services in order to meet these information needs. GERICS develops prototype products in the area of climate services and works in close cooperation with science and practice partners from politics, economy and administration. GERICS actively promotes networking between these actors.

GERICS offers in a scientifically sound manner products, advisory services and decision-relevant information in order to support government, administration and business in their efforts to adapt to climate change. The focus of our current activities is in the water, energy, and ecosystems sector, and cities.

For activities connected with adaptation to climate change highly resolved climate change information is needed. In order to provide local climate change information, GERICS is involved in the development of different models and methods.