GERICS is a scientific organizational entity of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), institutionalized in the Helmholtz Association and located in the city of Hamburg. The former Climate Service Center was an initiative developed in 2009 by the German Federal Government (BMBF), also based at HZG. Since mid 2015 the center is renamed in Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS).
GERICS offers in a scientifically sound manner products, advisory services and decision-relevant information in order to support government, administration and business in their efforts to adapt to climate change.
Currently, the consultancy is focused mainly on the following sectors: water, energy and ecosystems and cities.
Prototypical product development
In a joint approach, GERICS develops prototype climate service products in close cooperation with partners and users. Currently, two categories of products and services are developed: different types of fact sheets, and consultancy toolkits, based on a modular design. The product prototypes are tested in practice, before potentially being offered to third parties to operationalise.
GERICS is incorporated worldwide in several activities in the area of climate services and is active in coordinating and contributing to many international, European and national research networks and initiatives.