Institute of Coastal Research

Excellence Cluster Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CliCCS)

Which climate futures are possible – and which ones are plausible?

With this interdisciplinary research question, approximately two hundred scientists from fifteen disciplines strive to understand climate changes and come to conclusions about possible and plausible climate futures. Interdisciplinary research topics cover the entire breadth of climate research. CliCCS is coordinated by the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) at the University of Hamburg.

Institute of Coastal Research Partners:

  • Centre for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN, University Hamburg)
  • Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M)
  • German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ)
  • Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)
  • Eight additional institutions (DWD, BAW, BSH, GIGA, HCU, HSU, IFSH, TUHH)
Cliccs Research Areas

CLiCCS Research Areas

CliCCS Research Fields and Institute of Coastal Research Participation

CliCCS is divided into three interconnected areas:

Research Area A
Analysis of sensitivity and variability of the dynamic climate system

Research Area B
Social science topics

Research Area C
Study of local climate scenarios and development of necessary adaptation and mitigation strategies

Several HZG scientists are involved in various subprojects in Research Areas A and C based on the extensive expertise at the Institute of Coastal Research in various fields:

  • coastal system research
  • regionally coupled ecosystem modelling
  • anthropogenic effects on coastal systems
  • maritime spatial planning
  • statistics for extreme events and more

CliCCS Projects Under the Direction of the Institute of Coastal Research:

  • The “Land-Ocean Transition Zone” project includes studying the carbon and energy cycles in the coastal sea and the coastal sea’s potential for storing CO2. (Lead: Prof Corinna Schrum)
  • In the “Earth System Variability and Predictability in a Changing Climate” project, the question in the foreground is: what roles do small-scale processes and extreme events play in the climate system and how do these processes influence global climate? (Lead: Dr Eduardo Zorita)
  • In the “Sustainable Adaptation Scenarios for Coastal Systems” project, regional aspects are studied in regard to societal climate adaptation. Social science scholars and natural scientists study, for example, coping with extreme events such as floods and storms on small islands and along the coast. (Leads: Prof Kay-Christian Emeis and Prof Beate Ratter).

Furthermore, the scientists at the Institute of Coastal Research are involved in the following projects: “African and Asian Monsoon Margins” and “Sustainable Adaptation Scenarios for Urban Areas - Water from Four Sides”.

Further Information and Contacts at the Institute of Coastal Research

CLiCCS Website

Prof. Dr. Corinna Schrum
Prof. Dr. Corinna Schrum

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1833

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