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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Short name
PIK
Web
http://www.pik-potsdam.de/

Country
Germany
Role
In WP 1.2, PIK will analyze meteorological conditions leading to fire extremes in the Mediterranean region and apply the regional climate model CCLM. PIK will integrate the knowledge gained on historic trends in landscape change and fire occurrence to adopt the dynamic vegetation-fire model LPJmL-SPITFIRE in WP 1.3. It will assess the climate and land use change impacts on fire regimes, vegetation, new fire-prone areas and resulting ecosystem vulnerability in Europe and North Africa in WP 2.2 and 2.3.
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Experience
UB is an expert in regional climate modeling in Europe with a strong focus on extremes. This includes model evaluation, generation of high-resolution climate scenarios and ensemble simulations for climatic extremes with the regional climate model CCLM as in the Consortium runs. KT has a long experience in global fire modeling for DGVMs, climate change research, and is co-author of the SPITFIRE model. KT has worked on vulnerability assessment (FP5 ATEAM project), and on analysis of fire extremes in Portugal (FP6 ALARM). She was a module and WP leader at the beginning of the FP6 IP Fire-PARADOX and worked on drivers of human-caused fire ignitions.
Brief description of the legal entity
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), founded in 1992, is a government-funded research institute that works on global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. PIK has around 205 employees and in 2008 its core funding was about 8 million Euros plus additional project funds from external agencies. PIK plays an active and often leading role in activities such as the IPCC and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA). As a member of the European Climate Forum (ECF), the Institute is in exchange with decision makers from the economy, politics and civil society. It also advises regional, national and global organizations and authorities.

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