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Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)

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.

Main sectors

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.


All GERICS articles published on openaccessgovernment.org at a glance


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Stakeholder eBooks

regional climate

Advances and challenges in regional climate modelling

Here, Dr Kevin Sieck from the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), details the advances and challenges in regional climate modelling today.
climate change adaptation

Individual solutions for each climate change adaptation challenge

In this e-book, the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) sets out individual solutions for climate change adaptation challenges
climate adaptation

Climate adaptation in cities: The art of lateral thinking

Apl Prof. Dr Steffen Bender and Dr Markus Groth from Climate Service Centre Germany (GERICS) reveal their thoughts on how to succeed in climate adaptation at the city level, including the art of lateral thinking where this is concerned