Climate Change and how it translates to high impact events globally

Tuesday, 15 December, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am


This event will be an online meeting.


According to WMO, greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are at record levels and continue to increase. 

The reduction in emissions due to the slow down of economic activity during the Covid-19 pandemic was short-lived and emissions are on the rise again. Measurements confirm that the world is set to see its warmest five years on record.

Prof. Gerhard Adrian will discuss the already visible and expected impacts of climate change, the role of WMO and ongoing global collaboration efforts to meet agreed targets to keep global temperature increase below 2 °C or at 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

Prof. Gerhard Adrian, President of both the World Meterological Organisation and the German Weatherservice will speak about Climate change and how it translates to high impact events globally today and in the future.

Curriculum Vitae

since June 2019 - President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

since July 2010 - President of the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)

since 18.06.2010 - Permanent Representative of Germany with WMO

2006–2010 - Vice-President of DWD

since 2003 -  Adjunct professor of Meteorology, University of Karlsruhe

1999–2011 - Head of Business Area 'Research and Development' and Member of the Executive Board of Directors of DWD

since 1998 - Unestablished senior lecturer of Meteorology, University of Karlsruhe

1993 - Habilitation for professorship (Dr. rer. nat. habil.)

1985 - PhD in Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.)

1981 - Graduate diploma in meteorology (Dipl.-Met.)

Activities in the scientific community, honours, awards

  • Head of the German delegation to the World Meteorological Congress of WMO, to the Council of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and to the Council of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
  • Personally elected member of the Executive Council of WMO
  • Member of the Executive Board of the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology