Wohlgemuth, Volker:

Information Technology and Climate Change - 2nd International Conference IT for empowerment


2009, 140 S., ISBN 978-39626-879-2, 22,80 EUR



List of Content

Modelling and Simulating the Climate Change

Climate change simulations with a fully coupled ocean-troposphere-
stratosphere model 9
H. Huebener, T. Spangehl, S. Schimanke, F. Niehörster, U. Cubasch,
Institute of Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Climate Policy and Climate Impact Research

Climate policy between control mechanisms and self-organization:
Futureable organizational forms beyond the nation state? 19
K. Pilcher, University of Salzburg, Austria

Visualization of Biosphere Changes in the Context of Climate Change 29
T. Nocke, U. Heyder, S. Petri, K. Vohland, M. Wrobel, W. Lucht,
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

Impact of Artificial Life on Climate Change 37
R.E. Zimmermann, University of Applied Sciences Munich, Germany

Environmental Data, Information, Knowledge and Desaster

Managing Metadata in a Collaborative Earth System Research Environment 47
C. Rachimow, S. Petri, M. Flechsig, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Research, Germany

A Platform for Collaborative Danger Defense 55
F. Fuchs-Kittowski, D. Faust, Fraunhofer ISST, Germany

An ontology based framework for environment information system 69
S. Yang, College of Educational Information Technology, South China
Normal University Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, P.R.China
IT-Applications I

Carbon Footprinting of products – enabling the ecological supply chain
of the future 77
R. Barling, V. Wohlgemuth, FHTW, University of Applied Sciences,
Berlin, Germany

IT-Applications II

Development of a Software Assistant supporting the CO2 Emission
Trading System 87
C. Schmitz, B. Page, A. Rolf, University of Hamburg, Germany

IT Support of International Collective Scientific Research to Limit the
Human-induced Climate Change - The Impact of Computer (-Networks)
on the Organization of Science and the Culture of Scientific Work 107
K. Fuchs-Kittowski, University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany

Scientific Data Management and Data Access

The PIK approach towards intuitive and integrated access to
heterogeneous scientific data 133
M. Wrobel, M. Flechsig, A. Glauer, C. Rachimow, Potsdam Institute
for Climate Impact Research, Germany



In present times, climate change is driven by natural as well as by man-made influences in a global scale. That means, the future development of climate and society will be an interactive one, characterized by coupling of two highly complex and strongly non-linear systems. The development of satellite observation and monitoring systems on the one hand and of information technology on the other hand may enable the mankind to overcome challenges of a – may be rapid - climate change. The strategy of all social systems must be focussed on “avoiding the unmanageable and managing the unavoidable” as emphasized in a report prepared in 2007 by an expert group on climate change for the United Nations Commission on sustainable development.
Thus, ICT is a part of the response management system by providing meaningful feedback loops and related regulatory and control systems. In some cases ICT can be a direct part of the solution by providing remote communications as a substitute for people movement and thus reducing the carbon foot print.
The international conference on IT and climate change was held at the FHTW Berlin, university of applied sciences, in Berlin on September 25/26 2008. The conference brought together academics, researchers, developers, and practitioners who were interested in theoretical and/or applied aspects of environmental informatics and climate change. It served as a platform for networking, exchange of research ideas, practical applications and best practices. Authors were invited to submit original and unpublished work on all aspects of ICT to combat the climate change, covering topics from environmental informatics and the climate change, potentials of ICT for limitation and mitigation of the human induced climate change, environmental data, information and knowledge management.
The conference was supported by the Leibniz Society of Sciences at Berlin, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the International Society of Environmental Protection (ISEP), the German Society of Cybernetics and the FHTW Berlin, university of applied sciences, study program of industrial environmental informatics. We think, that the conference lead to a fruitful discussion of the above mentioned topics and gave some helpful suggestions for further work.

Volker Wohlgemuth, FHTW Berlin, University of Applied Sciences

Karl-Heinz Bernhardt, Leibniz-Society of Sciences at Berlin