Stopping or at least slowing down climate change with its far-reaching and regionally varying consequences for humanity and nature is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Whether we are able to adapt in time to the imminent changes will largely depend on whether the results from research and science are communicated to an adequate degree and will be usable by government, economy and society for decision-making processes.
The Earth is undergoing profound climate change. Particularly the polar regions are very sensitive to even slight climate changes and therefore play a paramount role for the global climate system.
The Climate Office for Polar Regions and Sea Level Rise at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is part of the regional Helmholtz climate offices network and operates at this important interface and bridging function since 2008.
The aim of the Climate Office at AWI is to provide the results of targeted climatic research in the Polar Regions in user suitable and differentiated forms for national and international audiences of government, economy and society. A major pillar of the Climate Office for Polar Regions and Sea Level Rise is the transfer of knowledge into the society and the dialogue with them to improve the social impact of the scientific results.