Climate change is already starting to have an impact on our lives and on our economies. It is therefore important that we prepare ourselves now for the unavoidable consequences of climate change. In the German Climate Preparedness Portal, you will find quality approved services offering guidance in taking precautions against the effects of climate change.
Climate Preparedness Services range from the provision of climate-related data and information to adaptation services which offer you support in dealing with the consequences of climate change.
Climate-related information comprises meteorological and climatological data—including temperature, rainfall, wind, soil moisture level and sea temperature—which is used in drawing up risk and vulnerability analyses.Climate-related information is available for the past, the present and the future. For some years now, various authorities have been observing the climate system and recording past and current climate data. They use this data to create climate forecasts and projections for the future for various different time zones and regions, from seasonal forecasts to long-range projections.
This data and information on the climate system of the past, present and future can be used in conjunction with other information (e.g. data on socio-economic scenarios or demographic change), enabling estimates to be made of the sectors and regions that will be worst affected. For example, a town planner can use data on temperature and rainfall with construction plans and information on population development to make an estimate of the places where extreme heat or heavy rainfall could present a danger to humankind or to infrastructures. They can then introduce targeted counter-measures in these areas. Climate change adaptation services can support them in this. Climate change adaptation services show municipal authorities, associations or companies how they can take the effects of climate change into consideration in their decision-making and planning procedures, as well as indicating which adaptation measures they can implement. In the form of guidelines, web tools and maps, and the provision of specialist training, climate change adaptation services offer assistance in choosing, planning, and implementing appropriate measures and in evaluating their effectiveness.
The climate services presented here deal explicitly with climate change and adaptation to the effects of climate change in Germany. They have in many cases arisen as a result of research projects and have a sound scientific basis. All of our services are regularly monitored to ensure that they are in line with the latest findings and are regularly updated. You can make use of all these services without restriction and free of charge.
Climate services are aimed at federal government level, the federal states, the administrative districts and municipal authorities, those who are dealing with the individual consequences of climate change and those who would like to get prepared, e.g. through programmes of appropriate measures or strategies for adaptation. Furthermore, many of these services are well-suited to civil society, businesses or citizens.
Currently on the KLiVO portal, you will find services which are provided by authorities of the federal government and of the federal states. With the administrative office of the German Climate Service (DKD), the German Meteorological Service (DWD) forms the central point of contact for climate-related data and information. With their administrative office KlimAdapt, the Competence Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation (KomPass) at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) provides a full range of services on the theme of climate adaptation.
The two administrative offices DKD and KlimAdapt are in each case supported by a network which forms the interface between the providers and users of climate services.
These networks provide support and advice to the administrative offices regarding climate-related information and adaptation services. They hold discussions on existing services, on the interests of users, on gaps in research activities and on the further development of the services offered. Together with the partners in the networks, the administrative offices are bringing the Climate Preparedness Portal and the services offered to a wider public – to municipal authorities, to events, to other networks and to you.
The range of services offering guidance in taking precautions against the effects of climate change is to be steadily expanded and refined. For this purpose, the administrative offices issue recommendations for Research and Development to the relevant departments of the federal government, the federal states and other institutions involved in promoting research.
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