About Us

Climate and Environment Change, as well as social, technical and economic developments, are having an unprecedented impact on the system Earth, on soil, water, atmosphere and the subsurface, and thus on ecosystems and the foundations of human life.
Our mission: Exploring Climate and Environment, Developing Solutions
The KIT Climate and Environment Center develops basic and applied knowledge on climate and environmental change. On this basis, it develops concepts as well as nature-based and technological solutions for safeguarding the natural basis of life and shaping the living environment. Since its foundation on January 1, 2009, the KIT Climate and Environment Center has been offering a broad range of expertise in the natural, technical, and social sciences with about 700 scientists from 30 institutes. In interdisciplinary networking, we are developing a center of outstanding international visibility. In doing so, we consider both the causes of environmental problems and the adaptation to changing conditions.
Our vision: For an environment worth living in
In interdisciplinary networking, we are developing a center with outstanding international visibility. We consider both the causes of environmental problems and how to adapt to changing conditions.
Our values: Respectful discourse to advance research with responsibility

This is us

Here you can find the contacts of the KIT-Center for Climate and Environment

Associated institutes

As the Center for Climate and Environment we work together with many different institutes at KIT. You can find the list of institutes here

Cooperation with networks and centers at KIT and beyond

Bereich IV - Natürliche und gebaute Umwelt: Bereichsleiter Prof. Dr. Johannes Orphal

Im Bereich IV - Natürliche und gebaute Umwelt wird Wissen über die Erde im Wandel generiert, gelehrt und angewandt. Dazu gehören Prozesse und Entwicklungen ebenso wie menschengemachte Veränderungen und deren Auswirkungen. Dafür werden Forschung, Lehre und Innovation in über 30 Instituten aus der Architektur, dem Bauingenieurwesen, den Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften sowie der Meteorologie und den Klimawissenschaften in strategischen Themen gebündelt. Die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler des Bereichs IV erforschen, entwickeln und lehren lokale, regionale und globale Lösungen für eine nachhaltige Zukunft. Die Lehre und akademische Angelegenheiten des Bereichs IV werden in den KIT-Fakultäten Architektur sowie Bauingenieur-, Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften organisiert, die Aufgaben der Großforschung werden im Rahmen des Helmholtz-Programms "Changing Earth-Sustaining our Future" durchgeführt.

Weiterführende Informationen sind auf der Website des Bereichs IV zu finden.


The aim of the Atmosphere and Climate Programme (ATMO) is to
to better understand the atmosphere in the climate system. To this end, scientists are pursuing
complex measurements of atmospheric parameters and laboratory tests and
numerical modelling of processes that play an important role in the atmosphere
Research approaches include high-resolution satellite measurements of tropospheric
trace substances, studies on the role of the middle atmosphere in the climate system, the
variability of biogenic emissions and the use of atmospheric water isotopes for
better understanding of the water cycle.

The programme is divided into four themes:

  • Clouds and weather research
  • Land surface processes in the climate system
  • Tropospheric trace substances and their transformation processes
  • Composition and dynamics of the upper troposphere and middle atmosphere

The website of the Helmholtz Programme Changing Earth can be found here.

More information about ATMO can be read here.


The Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) is an interdisciplinary research center of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) External Link in the field of disaster management. The main goal of CEDIM is to advance our scientific understanding of natural and man-made hazards, and to develop disaster management solutions for the early detection and reduction of the related risks.

Süddeutsches Klimabüro

The South-German Climate Office is an interface between research and society, which supplies information on climate aspects in a competent and understandable manner. Work is based on the expertise of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where several institutes conduct fundamental and applied climate research, and on the expertise of several associated institutions. The regional focus lies on South Germany. Major topics covered are regional climate modeling, trends of extreme weather events, such as strong rain, and hail, and aspects of energy generation and water management. The South-German Climate Office is one of four regional climate offices of the Helmholtz Association that have a regional and thematic focus each. Since 2009, the South-German Climate Office has been part of the KIT Climate and Environment Center.

Deutsches Klimakonsortium DKK e.V.

Wassernetzwerk Baden-Württemberg

Scientists for Future