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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

11.11.2020Press release: 170/2020

Kick-off conference for the BMBF research program “ClimXtreme – Climate Change and Extreme Events” opened

The two-day kick-off event for the research program “ClimXtreme – Climate Change and Extreme Events” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) begins today, Wednesday. The program will examine the impact of climate change on weather extremes. More than 120 scientists have confirmed their participation in the virtual event. On the occasion of the opening, State Secretary Wolf-Dieter Lukas explains: “We have to better understand the connection between climate change and extreme weather events. This is the only way we can adequately deal with climate and weather extremes in the future and take precautions. When it comes to climate change, it takes more than thinking globally and acting locally. We have to think and act locally and globally. With its research funding, the BMBF also wants to help cities and municipalities to better understand the regional and local consequences of the already inevitable climate change. Cities and municipalities need more specific support than the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) can offer, which is why we launched the ClimXtreme research program. Science is a crucial advisor for politics – and a guide for society. ”Background: When storms cause severe damage, heat and drought troubles agriculture and forestry, or heavy rainfall causes floods, this often leads to the question to what extent such extreme events are related to human-made climate change. Research has long suspected that the extremes that have occurred in the recent past – however small-scale and short-term – are influenced by the never-before-observed rapid increase in global carbon dioxide concentrations and global warming. But to what extent has climate change already quantifiable led to more extreme weather events? And in what form will the expected future climate change further change the occurrence of extreme weather events? In order to provide scientifically sound answers to these questions, the BMBF has been funding the ClimXtreme funding measure for three years with 14 million euros since March 2020. The project is coordinated by the University of Bonn. The new knowledge will enable authorities to create differentiated assessments of possible damage and costs from extreme events depending on various emission scenarios. The research program is divided into four main areas. The statistics, physics, effects and the available observation and simulation data of extreme weather events are examined by more than 100 scientists at 26 German institutions. Over the next three years, they want to jointly investigate the heavy rain and storm events, heat waves and droughts that occur in Central Europe in order to answer the questions listed above Link processes with large-scale circulation patterns in the atmosphere. In addition, they are working on improving statistical methods for evaluating extreme events, which will allow the frequency and intensity of extremes to be described much more precisely. In particular, the researchers can use such methods to check whether extreme events can be attributed to anthropogenic, i.e. man-made climate change. In addition, the scientists look at the atmospheric conditions and their temporal sequences that influence the effects of the extreme events. So-called impact models and corresponding data are linked in order to better record the effects of extreme events in a changing climate.

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