Field of action 3: Knowledge for effective climate policy
To achieve an effective international climate policy, political decision-makers need reliable forecasts of global climate developments, including in the marine and polar regions.
This is only possible with the most accurate climate models available. We are working on the development of a global climate model with very high spatial resolution, as well as on a better understanding of the role of marine and polar regions, including permafrost regions, for our global climate. Only if the processes and interdependencies in the climate system are sufficiently known, can political options for action and effective adaptation or avoidance strategies be identified. Closing the knowledge gaps on our marine and polar regions – the ‘climate engines of the Earth’ – requires more than excellent research. International networking and cooperation are also essential. International cooperation is also required for global greenhouse gas monitoring. The aim of this is to monitor the implementation of climate protection efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions defined at the national level. A measurement-based greenhouse gas monitoring system does not yet exist and is therefore among our actions.