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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

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The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is a non-profit research institute (approx. 300 staff members) addressing scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. Interdisciplinary and solution-oriented approaches are a distinctive characteristic of PIK, generating fundamental knowledge for sustainable development through data analysis and computer simulations of social and dynamic processes. Research is organized in four Domains: Earth System Analysis, Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities, Sustainable Solutions and Transdisciplinary Concepts & Methods. In addition, the German Federal Government, the European Commission and the World Bank also benefit from the institute´s expertise. Through associated institutions like the Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the institute is in continuous exchange with the business community. PIK also plays an active role in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose WGIII on mitigation is coordinated by PIK researchers. The Climate Change & Development (CCD) group (NSP, 35 people) explores sustainable development in the face of interrelated changing environments and anthropogenic dynamics. PIK-CCD develops solutions considering welfare, climate protection, adaptation and sustainable development, taking into account transition pathways and strategies focusing on urban dynamics. PIK has broad experience achieved by its participation in numerous projects and networks dealing with climate modelling, impact research, adaptation/mitigation policies, and cost assessments and has been involved in numerous FP6 and FP7 projects. Among them are recent EU research projects focusing on climate change impacts and adaptation to which PIK has contributed are ASTRA, CLIMAFRICA, SUME, HABIT-CHANGE, CIRCE, ClimateCost, AMPERE, GILDED, and BaltCiCa and projects supporting decision and policy making in this context, such as VOLANTE, XEROCHORE, PSI-CONNECT, MEDIATION or RAMSES. The latter contributes to the European Clearinghouse Mechanism.


PIK will be involved in all WPs, with a particularly strong role in WP4 and WP5.