The corona crisis brings international climate change research to a crossroads. Whereas field research methods used to be the norm, new methods now need to be practiced. One way out of the crisis are virtual worlds and models that make science comprehensible and translatable. But these new methods of knowledge transfer require a different kind of scientific work.
The Institute for Climate Change Research and Modelling combines several sections here. It conducts research at the hotspots of international climate change, the Aral Sea area in Central Asia and the coastal regions of the Ganges delta (Bangladesh) or the drought-plagued oases in northern Afghanistan around the Russian Far East.
It also researches aesthetic procedures that can make knowledge comprehensible. This is the field of modelling. This is where climate knowledge is transferred into models.
Cooperation, communication and presentation of climate change research has so far been tailored to costly presence models such as universities, research trips, physical exhibitions and museums. Now the virtual possibilities in climate change research are becoming increasingly important in the course of Corona Virus. Firstly, they replace unnecessary research trips, and also improve the transfer of knowledge, thereby increasing the popularity of climate change research.