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International Summer School 2010

Climate Change in the Baltic - From global problems to local adaptation

Date:    5 Sept - 18 Sept 2010, Rostock-Warnemuende, Germany



All over the world, coastal waters are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. In many coastal regions the negative consequences for people as well as the environment are alarming. Given the climate change related threats, coastal protection and a deep understanding of coastal and marine ecosystems prove to be of particular importance. However, in some areas such as the Baltic, people become more and more aware of the chances they might as well be offered. In the field of tourism development for example a warmer climate could locally also bring new economic and social benefits.

Therefore, during the past years, activities have on a local scale shifted from analysis and evaluation of consequences via mitigation strategies towards adaptation approaches. It is agreed that determination and calculation of risks and consequences and the evaluation of a possible adaptation to the effects of climate change should clearly go together.

The summer school on 'Climate Change in the Baltic' provides the opportunity to

  • learn about the latest scenarios, models and consequences of climate change
  • broaden your knowledge on the influences of climate change on coastal seas
  • deepen your understanding of the functioning of regional sea ecosystems
  • familiarise with recent adaptation approaches in coastal and marine systems
  • get an overview of administrative, legal and planning frameworks
  • gain insight in applied research and ecosystem modelling


The summer school is a co-operation of the following institutions:

Picture: storm at Warnemuende coast
Storm surge at the Baltic coast (Photo: Matthias Mossbauer)

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