Climate navigator

Background and Goals

In conjunction with a range of partner organisations, the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) has developed the climate navigator. The climate navigator is a national web portal with pilot function for climate and environmental information in Germany. This portal collates and provides access to the climate knowledge available in academia, along with information on adaptation options and the relevant organisations and institutions.

The climate navigator has the following headings:

  • News from partner institutions (News),
  • Directory of institutions and networks (Institutions & Networks),
  • Climate change information,
  • Current research findings (Dossiers).

The objective of the climate navigator is to provide an overview of climate-related research and of climate change and climate adaptation initiatives and to improve knowledge transfer between academia and society. The web platform is primarily aimed at users from policymaking and business who are faced with climate change issues. It can also benefit the media, educational institutions and interested laymen.

Content time

Research area/region

  • Germany

Steps in the process of adaptation to climate change

Step 1: Understand and describe climate change

Approach and results 

All current climate models and projections as well the backgrounds to the emission scenarios are described in dossiers: See dossiers on "Greenhouse effect and emission scenarios" and "Global climate modelling".

Further Parameters 

All climate parameters in climate models

Further times 

Up to 2100

Step 2a: Identify and assess risks - climate effects and impact

Approach and results 

The effects of extreme events and changes in them due to climate change are described in an "Extreme events" dossier.

The objective of the climate navigator is to provide climate change information for analysis of potential effects on the one hand, and to link relevant institutions and networks who are involved in climate effects on the other.

Step 2b: Identify and assess risks - Vulnerability, risks and chances

Approach and results 

Knowledge on the issue of vulnerability and relevant institutions and networks is provided.

Step 3: Develop and compare measures

Measures and/or strategies 

The objective of the climate navigator is to provide climate change information for developing adaptation measures on the one hand and to link institutions and networks involved in adaptation measures on the other.


Funding / Financing 

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)

Project management 

Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)


in common with many institutions and associations of climate, climate impacts and adaptation research (currently 40 German research institutions)


Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Fischertwiete 1
20095 Hamburg

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