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University of Potsdam (UniPdam): Partner 11

University of PotsdamUniversity of Potsdam (UniPo) co-operating with the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany. Potsdam is one of the most important "science cities" in Germany, which is expressed by several world known research institutes and the University of Potsdam, which was re-established in 1991. Today, the University of Potsdam is the largest University in the State of Brandenburg, with a dynamic teaching stuff and a very successful research structure, particularly in the Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research was founded in 1992 as a new research institute in Germany. Since then it has gained high reputation in earth system studies, in particular concerning integrated earth system studies. The interface between the natural scientific and the socio-economic dimensions of environmental research is reflected at PIK in interdisciplinary research approaches. UP is co-operating with PIK, what has been organised in legal terms by means of, e.g., a co-operation contract.

The University of Potsdam is participating by the Institute of Geoecology, Chair for Hydrology and Climatology, headed by Prof. Axel Bronstert, who has more than 15 years of professional experience in hydrological and hydraulic modelling with special emphasis on flood research. During the last years he has been participating in several European and national research projects with an emphasis on floods, land-use effects, and climate change (RIBAMOD, EUROTAS, IRMA-SPONGE, IRMA-LAHOR). He has been acting several times as task-leader (EUROTAS) and co-ordinator (LAHOR). PIK is involved via a sub-contract which is executed by Prof. Z. Kundzewicz, who is a very experienced senior scientists in hydrology and climate, and - together with Prof. Bronstert - co-chairing the water research group at PIK. This research group has well known expertise in hydrology, climate impact studies, and climate downscaling and has been involved successfully in several European and national projects on floods during the past years.

For further information visit the UniPo website on: www.uni-potsdam.de/u/Geooekologie/index.htm

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