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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Do climatological extreme events foster violent conflicts?

A widely discussed thread to human societies discussed in the context of a changing climate is an increase in the risk of civil conflicts. While origins of civil conflicts are multi-dimensional, it is still and open question, wether or not climate change may actually contribute to an increasing risk of conflict outbreak.

In my research project I will study the relation between civil conflicts and extreme events over the last 30 years. For this purpose, I have access to the extreme event data base of the Munich Re Group and utilizing novel techniques of coincidence analysis I hope to gain new in the complex relation between such extreme events and civil conflict outbreak.


The researcher behind the project

Carl-Friedrich Schleussner

Carl-Friedrich Schleußner is a physicist and is currently waiting to defend his PhD-Thesis in Climate Science at the University of Potsdam. He is associated with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and works on a variety of topics in the climate change context, ranging from stability of ocean currents in the North Atlantic to moisture recycling in the Amazon and dynamics of coupled human-environment systems in the context of a changing climate.

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