The Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change is an interdisciplinary, internationally oriented institute of the University of Graz (School of Environmental, Regional and Educational Sciences, with partner institutes also in the Faculties of Natural Sciences, Business, Social and Economic Sciences, and Arts and Humanities), which serves as core research center for pooling the competences of the University in the areas "Climate, Environmental, and Global Change". The institute brings together, in a building close to the University central campus, research teams and scientists from fields such as geophysics and climate physics, meteorology, economics, geography, and regional sciences. At the same time, close links exist and are further developed with many cooperation partners, both nationally and internationally. The research interests extend from monitoring, analysis, modeling and prediction of climate and environmental change via climate impact research to the analysis of the human dimensions of these changes, i.e., the role of humans in causing and being affected by climate and environmental change as well as concerning adaptation and mitigation. The director of the institute, hosting about 50 researchers, is the geophysicist Gottfried Kirchengast, the lead partner is the economist Karl Steininger.
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