Climate protection

Hamburg gets new online information system on climate change

30 November 2023
Ministry for Environment launches monitoring platform to boost climate adaptation

The Ministry for the Environment has launched a new internet platform to improve the understanding of climate change and its consequences for Hamburg, a press release said Monday (November 21, 2023). The system provides detailed facts and data on climate change in the Hanseatic city.

Future-proofing Hamburg for extreme weather 

"Precautions must be taken in good time for people, the environment, the economy and the infrastructure to future-proof Hamburg in view of the increasing number of extreme weather events," said Jens Kerstan, Senator for the Environment. The new climate information system forms the basis of the climate adaptation strategy to be presented in 2024. The platform provides information on climate developments in Hamburg - from temperature and sunshine duration to precipitation with dry periods and heavy rainfall. Eight fields of action are analysed e.g., building, health and coastal flood protection as well as the intensity of storm surges, changes in vegetation, consequences for bodies of water and weather-related disruptions of public transport.

City expanding climate adaptation measures

The City of Hamburg has undertaken climate adaptation measures such as coastal flooding and storm surge protection for many years. It also encourages people to collect rainwater in cisterns and is expanding the "blue-green" infrastructure of climate oases and trees with filters for rainwater. These measures should make the city more resilient to heat and heavy rainfall. The ministry has compiled data from the German Weather Service, the University of Hamburg, Hamburger Hochbahn, Hamburg Wasser and the German Insurance Association for its online monitoring system and will develop it further.


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