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Freiburger Horizonte - Hans von Storch

Climate Models - Tools for Analyzing and Projecting Climate Change
When Jan 28, 2020
from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where University of Freiburg, Platz der Universität, Kollegiengebäude I, Aula
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Contact Phone +49 (0)761 203-2001
Attendees öffentlicher Vortrag / open to the public
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Climate Models - Tools for Analyzing and Projecting Climate Change

Popularizing scientific knowledge can be risky. The best example is the research on climate change. Only a few other topics seem to polarize the public as strongly as climate change. Professor emeritus Dr. Hans von Storch, meteorologist, and climate researcher, warns against a "hype of climate-anxiety". Instead, he pleas for sustainable research on climate true to the motto of "creating knowledge".

This is also the topic of Von Storch's lecture in the series "Freiburger Horizonte". Taking account of different models for different purposes and contexts, he differentiates conceptual models that simplify to a high degree and aim at facilitating understanding, and numeric, quasi-realistic models which have a high level of complexity and are used when future developments of climate systems are to be evaluated, for instance, while considering regulations for the emission of greenhouse gases. On this foundation, von Storch will discuss what kind of knowledge different models create.

The speaker

Hans von Storch is a professor emeritus for meteorology at the University of Hamburg. From 2008 until 2015, he directed the "Institut für Küstenforschung" of Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht. He is also author of the book "Die Klimafalle: Die gefährliche Nähe von Politik und Klimaforschung“ (2013).

The lecture is thematically linked to this year's research focus "Environmental Forecasting". Its researchers analyze a variety of models from different disciplines (including meteorology), intending to deduce a best practice for reliable environmental prognoses.

Note that the lecture will be held in German!

Freiburger Horizonte - Hans von Storch