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Carbon emissions from future land use

In particular forests buffer the effects of climate change. Two new studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) examine this effect in detail. It is possible that indeed this saving natural contribution to carbon storage may be much lower than previously assumed. Especially when deforestation continues. This could make reaching the two-degree target significantly more difficult and further enhance climate change. Current climate models are thus subject to intense scrutiny.

19. July 2018 · Climate change / Land-use
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
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How vulnerable is the coast of Bali? Tsunami Simulations for Indonesia

The Alfred Wegener Institute provides an interactive tsunami map for a public audience – for media, experts and travelers in Indonesia

9. March 2018 · Natural hazards / Tsunami
Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
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When the bumblebees are suddenly silent

New study by KIT shows that pesticides reduce the buzz of bumblebees and thus the amount of pollen collected

28. February 2018 · Pollutants / Soil
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
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Expedition with flying research platform

How does Elbe flooding change the river ecosystem and the water quality in the North Sea? MOSES measurement campaign studies effects of severe rain events

12. October 2017 · Climate change / Oceanography
Helmholtz-Centre Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG)
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Thunderstorm activity in central and western Europe

Thunderstorm frequency fluctuates strongly even on small spatial scales. In addition, it varies significantly from year to year, which can partly be explained by the natural climate variability.

22. August 2017 · Natural hazards / Thunderstorm
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
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Increasing Flood Risk in the Mekong Delta – A Homemade Problem?

Human encroachment on the river system or natural factors: what are the influences and how heavily do they factor in? Researchers at the GFZ quantitatively modelled the impact.

18. August 2017 · Natural hazards / Flood
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)
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“Tempat Evakuasi Sementara” saves lives during the tsunami

What should travellers to Indonesia do in the event of a tsunami? Which locations are safe? The GFZ “Tsunami” leaflet provides detailed information.

4. July 2017 · Natural hazards / Tsunami
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)
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The ultimate natural hazard: supereruptions

Supereruptions represent enormous natural disasters which potentially impact the whole planet. They are unlike any other known and documented eruption.

6. June 2017 · Natural hazards / Volcanic eruption
Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
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Climate of the Future

The Climate Fact Sheets reveal the spectrum of possible scenarios, providing consistent information, country by country. This information is particularly valuable for less developed regions.

23. May 2017 · Climate change / Climate initiatives
Helmholtz-Centre Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG)
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The North Sea is no longer a natural sea

Understanding the North Sea with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht’s CoastMap web application

21. April 2017 · Climate change / Oceanography
Helmholtz-Centre Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG)
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Scientists discovered five submarine volcanoes north of New Zealand

An international team of scientists took rock samples at depths up to 8800m. Research will provide valuable insight into the earth’s past.

20. April 2017 · Natural hazards / Volcanic eruption
Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
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Launch of new Litterbase: distribution and biological effects of marine litter

A unique global approach to display essential information drawn from all scientific publications on marine litter since 1960.

23. March 2017 · Pollutants / Water
Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
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Coastal cities are sinking dramatically

The alluvial soil in coastal plains can barely stand up to the pressures of groundwater extraction. But this is not the only reason that cities are sinking.

22. March 2017 · Natural hazards / Land subsidence
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)
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Environmental Impact from Offshore Wind Parks

Join underwater hunters on the trail of eddies in the North Sea. Researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht utilise special gliders.

9. March 2017 · Energy transition & environment / Wind energy
Helmholtz-Centre Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG)