Climate Impacts Germany

Also Germany is affected by climate change. Nearly all areas of society are concerned by the consequences. In order to develop effective adaptation strategies and measures, climate impacts have to be taken into account in a balanced and comprehensive manner.

It is, for example, highly probable that heat waves like those that occurred in the summer of 2003 will increasingly become the norm in the future. This can have diverse and profound impacts on the various sectors of agriculture, forestry, health or industry. Furthermore, climate change has an impact on the availability of water resources. Water shortages affect the water and energy industry (due to a lack of cooling water) and agriculture.

Further information on climate impacts in different sectors can soon be accessed via the drop-down menu below. After choosing a sector (agriculture, for example), you will be provided with detailed information. In case you are particularly interested in possible adaptation measures for a specific sector, you can access these in the menu regional and sectoral adaptation.



Daschkeit (2012): Anpassung an den nicht mehr vermeidbaren Klimawandel – aktuelle Entwicklungen eines jungen Politikfeldes

Fields of action


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Climate Impacts: Field of Action Tourism

Beach chairs at the Baltic Sea

Tourism directly depends on weather and climate; both, in its capacity as economic sector and growth industry. Accordingly, this sector is particularly affected by climate change. While summer tourism could benefit from climate change due to resulting temperature increases and a longer season, winter tourism is threatened by higher temperatures and less snow. read more


Climate Impacts: Field of Action Transport

Traffic jam

Frost, heat, heavy rain, hail, storms and sea level changes affect the traffic and transport infrastructure. In addition to safety and reliability of infrastructure and transport facilities, climate changes also have an impact on the road users. This does not only affect the traffic itself, but also its economic and social functions. read more


Climate Impacts: Field of Action Human Health

A baby hand holding the finger of an adult

Humans react sensitively to climate changes - mainly to rising temperatures. Their performance and physical well-being can be influenced by heat significantly. Especially elderly and debilitated people and children are affected by the health risks of climate change. Also extreme weather constitutes a growing threat. read more


Climate Impacts: Field of Action Agriculture

Field with farming tailer - a single spike in the foreground

Heat waves, heavy rain or water shortage have a direct impact on the agricultural production. Because of this high dependence on weather and climate, it is particularly important for the area of agriculture to know the consequences of climate change and prepare for them in a timely manner. read more


Climate impacts: Field of action industry and commerce

Pipelines on a factory site

The consequences of climate change confront companies with new challenges: rising temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and especially more frequent weather extremes have an indirect effect on the profits. Production plants can be damaged, business operations can be delayed and productivity can be reduced. However, climate change also entails new opportunities. read more


Climate Impacts: Field of Action Forestry

Stack of wood logs

Forests regulate the local, regional and global climate and clean the air. Around 31 per cent of Germany’s territory is covered by forests. Climate change can affect their productivity and vitality. In many places, the natural adaptability of forests has been exceeded already. This increasingly threatens yields from forestry. read more


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