Climate change affects us all. The climate changes caused by humanity will last for centuries, posing an inescapable issue affecting all areas of life even if stringent climate policies are implemented. This means we must find appropriate responses to various issues ranging from water supply and wastewater disposal in large cities to long-lasting heat waves, coastal protection and urban flood protection.
Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. He was director of the UN’s World Climate Research Programme in Geneva from 1995 to 1999. His research centres on satellite-based remote sensing of the atmosphere and of the ocean surface, as well as global climate change.