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Research Organizations and Political Actors - A to H


Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI)

Website: www.awi.de/en/home/

The Alfred Wegener Institute carries out research in the Arctic and Antarctic as well as in the high and mid latitude oceans. The institute coordinates German polar research and makes available to national and international science important infrastructure, e.g. the research ice breaker “Polarstern” and research stations in the Arctic and Antarctic.

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Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments
for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol

Website: http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/items/4577.php

To discuss future commitments for industrialized countries under the Kyoto Protocol, the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol established a working group in December 2005 called the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP).

Source: BMU www.bmu.de


Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention

Website: http://unfccc.int/meetings/ad_hoc_working_groups/lca/items/4381.php

At its thirteenth session, the Conference of the Parties (COP), by its  decision 1/CP.13 (the Bali Action Plan), launched a comprehensive process to enable the full, effective and sustained implementation of the Convention through long-term cooperative action, now, up to and beyond 2012, in order to reach an agreed outcome and adopt a decision at its fifteenth session. It decided that the process shall be conducted under a subsidiary body under the Convention, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), that shall complete its work in 2009 and present the outcome of its work to the Conference of the Parties for adoption at its fifteenth session.

At its fifteenth session, the COP, by its decision 1/CP.15, extended the mandate of the AWG-LCA to enable it to continue its work with a view to presenting the outcome of its work to the COP for adoption at its sixteenth session.

The COP, at its sixteenth session, by its decision  1/CP.16 (Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention) extended the AWG-LCA for one year, to continue its work with a view to carry out the undertakings contained in this decision and present the results to the Conference of the Parties for consideration at its seventeenth session.

Source: UNFCCC


Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Website: http://www.bmbf.de/en/8493.php

Education and research are the foundations for our future. The promotion of education, science and research by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research represents an important contribution to securing Germany's prosperity. The tasks of the BMBF begin with early learning and include continuing education and training, whilst school education and university teaching fall under the remit of the Länder. BMBF shares responsibility with the Länder in the fields of non-school vocational training and continuing education as well as in promoting training. The Ministry is also responsible for research funding, supporting the specially gifted, promoting up-and-coming scientists and funding international exchanges in the fields of initial and continuing training, higher education and research.

Source: BMBF


Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit (BMU)

Website: http://www.bmu.bund.de/english/aktuell/4152.php

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, BMU for short, is responsible for the Federation's environmental policy including climate policy. Its prinicipal functions include e.g. fundamental environmental policy issues, International cooperation, Informing and educating the public about environmental issues,  Air quality control, Conservation of groundwater, rivers, lakes and seas, Closed substance cycle management and waste policy, Chemicals safety, environment and health, Protection, maintenance and sustainable utilisation of biodiversity. Since the beginning of 2008, additional funding from the auction of emission allowances has been available to the BMU for the implementation of the Climate Initiative. The Climate Initiative aims to cost-effectively tap existing potential for emission reductions and advance innovative model projects for climate protection.

Source: BMU




Directorate-General Climate Action (CLIM)

Website: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/clima/mission/index_en.htm
Document: Notification from the European Commission for two new Directorates-General

In 2010 the European Commission created the new Directorate-General Climate Action (DG CLIM).  Climate change was previously included in the remit of DG Environment of the European Commission. DG CLIM leads international negotiations on climate, helps the EU to deal with the consequences of climate change and to meet its targets for 2020, as well as develops and implements the EU Emissions Trading System.

Source: EU Commission, DG CLIM



Climate Service Center (CSC)

Website: www.climate-service-center.de/index.html.en

Initiated by the German Government, the Climate Service Center (CSC) is a fundamental part of the german hightech-strategy for climate protection. The CSC is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It is furthermore supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as well as by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. CSC is an institution at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.

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DLR - Institute of Atmospheric Physics

German Aerospace Center (DLR) - Institute of Atmospheric Physics

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (DLR),
Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre

Website: www.dlr.de/en/desktopdefault.aspx

The Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre is located in the DLR Campus Oberpfaffenhofen. It focuses on the research of the physical and chemical processes of the troposphere and lower stratosphere. About 100 people work in the institute. It is structured in five departments. The institute investigates the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere in the troposphere and stratosphere. The knowledge of dynamical, cloud physical, and chemical processes constitute the basis for many aerospace applications. On both, regional and global scales the relevant processes and changes of the state of the atmosphere are quantified and systematically investigated using remote sensing, research aircraft, and computational models.

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German National Meteorological Service

Deutscher Wetterdienst

Website: www.dwd.de/en

The Deutsche Wetterdienst is the National Meteorological Service of the Federal Republic of Germany. The core tasks of the DWD include the provision of weather and climate information, for the protection of life and property. Another important task is the fulfillment of international commitments within the framework of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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The German Climate Computing Center
Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH (DKRZ)

Website: www.dkrz.de

DKRZ, the German Climate Computing Centre, provides high performance computing platforms, sophisticated and high capacity data management, and superior service for premium climate science.

As a national service provider, DKRZ operates a supercomputer center to enable climate simulation and provides the scientific users with the technical infrastructure needed for processing and analysis of climate data. This also includes support for related application software, advice and support in visualization and data processing issues. Finally, DKRZ also participates in national and international joint projects with the aim of improving the infrastructure for climate modeling.

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Ecologic Institute 

Website: www.ecologic.eu

Ecologic Institute is a private not-for-profit think tank for applied environmental research, policy analysis and consultancy with offices in Berlin, Brussels and Vienna in the EU, and Washington DC and San Mateo, CA in the US.
Ecologic Institute was founded 1995 as an independent research institute.
Ecologic Institute also provides ongoing expert advice on emerging issues through its framework agreements with the European Parliament (Consultancy for the Environment Committee and Framework Contract Development Policy) the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, eg. DG Research.


Directorate-General Energy (ENER)

DocumentNotification from the European Commission for two new Directorates-General (pdf)

In 2010 the European Commission created the new Directorate-General Energy (DG ENER).  The Energy DG consists of the departments in the former Transport and Energy DG dealing with energy issues and of the Task Force Energy which will be transferred from the External Relations DG. 


European Network for Earth System Modelling - ENES

Website: www.enes.org/

The partner institutions of the European Network for Earth System Modeling -ENES- have the purpose of working together and cooperating towards the development of a European network for Earth system modeling. These institutions include university departments, research centers, meteorological services, computer centers and industrial partners.

Excellence Cluster "CliSAP"

Excellence Cluster "CLiSAP" (Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction) of the University of Hamburg
Exzellenzcluster "CliSAP" (Integrated Climate System Analysis  and Prediction) der Universität Hamburg

Website: http://www.clisap.de

The University of Hamburg bundles its expertise in cluster of excellence for climate research. Scientist from the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and the German Climate Computing Centre work together with the university. Natural and social sciences are closely linked.

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The Future Ocean - Kiel Cluster of Excellence

The Future Ocean - Kiel Cluster of Excellence

Exzellenzcluster "Ozean der Zukunft" an der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel


Website: www.ozean-der-zukunft.de/english/

The Kiel Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” is a unique research group in Germany made up of more than 250 scientists from six faculties of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU), the GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Institute for World Economy (IfW) and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts. The target of the interdisciplinary groups is to re-evaluate the opportunities and risks of global change for the oceans and to develop a sustainable system of resource management for the world’s oceans and marine resources.

The Kiel Cluster of Excellence is a member of the DKK. 
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FZ Jülich

Jülich Research Center / Institute of Energy and Climate Research (FZ Jülich)

Website: www.fz-juelich.de/portal/EN/AboutUs/_node.html

The Institute for Energy and Climate Research investigates modern energy conversion technologies within the framework of climate and environmental protection. The topics it covers in the energy sector range from photovoltaics and fuel cells, through nuclear fusion and nuclear safety research, right up to innovative coal and gas power plants as well as an overarching systems analysis. In the climate sector, attention is focused on the atmosphere. The chemistry and dynamics of anthropogenic and natural trace gases such as water vapor, hydroxyls and carbon dioxide are monitored in the atmosphere by means of measuring instruments on the ground, in the air and in space.

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The Group of 77

Website: www.g77.org

The Group of 77 (G-77) was established in 1964 by seventy-seven developing countries signatories of the “Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven Countries”. A permanent institutional structure gradually developed which led to the creation of Chapters of the Group of 77 with Liaison offices various countries. Although the members of the G-77 have increased to 131 countries, the original name was retained due to its historic significance. The Group of 77 is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations, which provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. The G77 plays an important role in the global arena of climate policy.

Source: G77


GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Website: http://www.geomar.de/en/

GEOMAR is one of three leading institutions in the field of marine sciences in Europe. The institutes’ mandate is the interdisciplinary investigation of all relevant aspects of modern marine sciences, from sea floor geology to marine meteorology. Research is conducted worldwide in all oceans. 

The institute has four major research divisions: ocean circulation and climate dynamics, marine biogeochemistry, marine ecology and the dynamics of the ocean floor. In addition, GEOMAR contributes to the excellence cluster "The Future Ocean" and the collaborative research centers, SFB 574 "Volatiles and Fluids in Subducton Zones" and SFB754: "Climate-Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean", funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). 

The Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research is associated with the University of Kiel in undergraduate and graduate teaching. In addition, the institute operates four research vessels, state-of-the-art equipment as well as several major laboratories, access to high performance computing facilities and a public aquarium.

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German Research Centre for Geosciences

Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum

Website: www.gfz-potsdam.de/portal/gfz/home

The GFZ is the international research center for Earth Sciences in Germany. We investigate the “System Earth” at locations all over the world with all geological, physical, chemical and biological processes which occur at its surface and in its interior. From a geo-science viewpoint, climate change as well as options for adaptation and mitigation can only be understood, if we comprehend the highly complex, non-linear system of the earth and its interactive natural subsystems with their overlapping cycles and widely ramified chains of cause and effect.

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Hemlholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – Centre for Materials and Coastal Research

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH

Website: www.hzg.de/index.html.en

As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the largest scientific organization in Germany, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is engaged in long-term activities in the fields of materials and coastal research that are making a major contribution to resolving the large and pressing issues facing society and the scientific and business worlds.

Their work in the field of coastal research is devoted to the growing and complex problems facing coastal regions worldwide as a result of the pressures of increasing settlement and industrialization, as well as the threat of natural dangers such as tsunamis and flood tides. The issues of climate change, material fluxes and the coastal habitat require professional management founded on a sound scientific basis.  

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