Climate change and building activities

Hartmut Graßl
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Hamburg

The climate changes caused by humanity that will be an inescapable future issue even if stringent climate policies are implemented will last for centuries and affect all areas of life. Specific adaptation strategies are needed in large cities with regard to water supply and wastewater disposal as well as long-lasting heat waves. In addition, coastal protection and urban flood protection must be adapted.

In his lecture, the physicist and meteorologist Hartmut Graßl will present findings and discuss countermeasures.

Hartmut Graßl was Professor of Theoretical Meteorology at the Institute of Oceanography of the University of Kiel and Professor of General Meteorology at the Meteorological Institute of the University of Hamburg. From 1989 to 1994 and from 1999 to 2005, he was director at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg; in the years between he was director of the UN’s World Climate Research Programme in Geneva. His research centres on satellite-based remote sensing of the atmosphere and of the ocean surface, as well as global climate change.

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