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Hot summers are no longer an exception in Potsdam. | Photo: AdobeStock / Katja Xenikis

Keeping Cool During a Heat Wave – How cities can better cope with climate change

Heat waves, thunderstorms, hail, and heavy rainfall - extreme weather events are becoming increasingly common. Such events pose an enormous challenge... more
Sea smoke in Antarctica is illuminated by the setting sun. | Photo: Winkelmann/Reese

Into the Eternal Ice – Ricarda Winkelmann is a climate researcher and junior professor at the University of Potsdam and the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research

Very few people have been here at all, to one of the world’s most inhospitable regions, where the temperature is below the freezing point even in... more
Prof. Dr. Sascha Oswald. | Foto: Tobias Hopfgarten

Counting Neutrons for Environmental Research – Researchers measure soil moisture with the help of particles from space

They are super-fast, rich in energy and are created when particles from space hit the Earth - neutrons are omnipresent and usually penetrate matter... more
Prof. Dr. Johann Lilliestam. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

“Energy concerns us all” – Environmental scientist Johan Lilliestam is confident: A complete turnaround in the energy sector will come

The world is hungry! In some 20 years from now, it will devour a third more energy than five years ago. And there is no end in sight. At the same... more
Spuren der Verwüstung durch vulkanische Asche. | Foto: Prof. Dr. Oliver Korup.

Powdered with Ash or Covered in Ice - Volcanic Eruptions and Meltwater Lakes

Ash and ice are phenomena that the researchers around Prof. Dr. Oliver Korup and his Natural Hazards working group are equally fascinated by.... more