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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) e. V.

Organizational form Research and Development (R&D)
Annual sales/project funds 10 to 50 million euros
Number of employees ≥250
Foundation 1992
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PIK addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. Researchers from the natural and social sciences work together to generate interdisciplinary insights and to provide society with sound information for decision making. The main methodologies are systems and scenarios analysis, modelling, computer simulation, and data integration.

strategic climate impact managementrisk analysis (local, regional, global)crop yield estimateshydrological modellingenergy system and power grid modellingsupply chain risk managementfinancial industry

Target markets/partner countries

Asia & Pacific


Europe & Central Asia


Latin America/Caribbean


North Africa/Middle East


Sub-Saharan Africa

AngolaEquatorial GuineaEthiopiaBeninBotswanaBurkina FasoBurundiDjiboutiCote d'IvoireEritreaGabonGambiaGhanaGuineaGuinea-BissauCameroonCabo Verde (Cape Verde)KenyaComorosCongoCongo, Democratic Republic ofLesothoLiberiaMadagascarMalawiMaliMauritiusMozambiqueNamibiaNigerNigeriaRwandaZambiaSao Tome and PrincipeSenegalSeychellesSierra LeoneSomaliaSouth AfricaSudanSouth SudanSwazilandTanzania, United Republic ofTogoChadUgandaCentral African RepublicZimbabwe

Climatically relevant technologies and services

A) Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions

Climate-friendly agriculture and forestry

ReforestationEnergy-efficient and emission-reducing cultivation techniquesEnergy-efficient and emission-reducing farming techniques

Cross-sectoral interdisciplinary technologies for emission reduction

Other products and technologies, components and infrastructure reducing emissions

Energy-efficient cities and infrastructure

Electric transmission systems adapted to the requirements of renewable energies

Low-emission power supply (on- und off-grid)

CCS and charcoalMicrogrid planningAlgal biofuels

Other services

Development of technology- and country-specific financing concepts for emission-reducing products and servicesAdvisory services for planning and implementing the German Renewable Energy Sources Act, emission reduction standards, etc.

B) Adaptation to climate change

Climate-adapted agriculture and fishery

Efficient irrigation systemsImplementation of innovative cultivation or land management methods

Climate-adapted forestry

Climate-tolerant forestry consulting (e.g. agroforestry systems)

Coastal and flood protection

Planning of dikes, flood protection constructions, sluice and drainage technologies

Disaster reduction

Public disaster prevention consulting


Reinsurance against climate change risks


Food supply seizure (incl. sustainable refrigeration supply solutions)

Meteorological metrology and climate simulation

Calculation of climate scenarios

Water management

Watershed planning

C) Cross-sectoral topics

Capacity BuildingFact-finding tours to emerging and developing countriesPolitical advice

Sample projects

Agricultural Risk Assessment Tool for Insurances (AgRATI India)

Crop insurance solutions are politically addressed as important tools in order to increase resilience to climate change and altered weather perils especially in least developed and developing countries. In the course of the project and using the example of India, the at PIK already well established model AMPLIFY (Agricultural Model for Production Loss Identification to Insure Failures of Yields) will be further developed and optimized, especially through the use of cutting-edge satellite imagery, so that it can be launched as a fully-fleshed loss assessment product by the end of the project.

Statkraft AS

A first assessment of climate change impacts on the water resources in the Tinguiririca catchment and the Osorno catchment in Chile.

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