The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum fur Material- und Kustenforschung GmbH (HZG) is one of 18 members of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany’s largest science organization. HZG is located in Geesthacht near Hamburg with branches in Teltow near Berlin and in Hamburg, with a total staff of approximately 900 employees, including about 650 scientists, engineers and technicians.
The Climate Service Center was initiated by the German Federal Government in 2009 as a fundamental part of the German hightech-strategy for climate protection. Since June 2014, it is a scientific organizational entity of HZG. The center was renamed “Climate Service Center Germany” (GERICS) in July 2015. GERICS is located in Hamburg with a current staff size of about 40 employees.
GERICS offers in a scientifically sound manner products, advisory services and decision-relevant information in order to support government, administration and business in their efforts to adapt to climate change. It builds up a national and international network structure in order to integrate existing competences and knowledge, and to link various actors within the complex area of climate change.