The Pacific Institute and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research are pleased to announce the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding to pursue joint research in the areas of water, climate, energy, and sustainability. On September 6, 2013, Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California, and Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the eminent research center the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), formally signed the joint agreement in a ceremony in Potsdam, Germany in an office formerly occupied by Albert Einstein on the historic grounds of the Telegraphenberg campus. The two organizations work to provide society with sound scientific information for decision making through data integration, synthesis, scenario analysis, modeling, and tool development.
Among the areas of mutual interest to the two Institutes are studies in water and conflict; implications for food production from climate-change scenarios; water requirements for comprehensive energy systems and specific energy requirements of water systems; water-use efficiency in both agricultural and urban settings; conceptual and quantitative work on global teleconnections in the water system; indicators for the new U.N. Sustainable Development Goals; and more.
“Our joint aim is to find real-world solutions to climate and sustainability problems,” said Dr. Peter Gleick. “The Potsdam Institute and the Pacific Institute together can be a powerful source of new thinking, strong analysis, and innovation in the face of the growing pressures on the planet’s people and resources.”
At the Potsdam Institute, researchers from the natural and social sciences work together to generate interdisciplinary insights and to provide society with sound information for decision making in the fields of global change, climate impacts, and sustainable development. Pacific Institute researchers conduct interdisciplinary research and partner with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity. www.pik-potsdam.de and www.pacinst.org