BRAIN BITES | Hot nights in Palermo?

6 March 2024 12:30 Uhr – 13:30 Uhr in the Triangel
Speaker: Susanne Benz


link (in German)

 Mohammad Shahhosseini
Multi-Risk Indicators Approach for Urban Resilience Assessment | Interim Results

The INCREASE-MIA subproject, led by KIT is addressing the complexities of urban resilience assessment, offering in-depth analyses and practical pathways towards disaster-resilient urban development.



 Andreas Schäfer
Disaster & risk data in a new look

The CEDIM/Risklayer Explorer brings together new and comprehensive data and analysis on disasters and risks – Continuously and in near real-time.



 Andreas Schäfer
Danger from flooding and extreme weather events in BW – How local authorities protect themselves

Disaster researcher Andreas Schäfer live on the programme "Leute" on SWR1 Baden-Württemberg on Monday, 29 January 2024 at 10:00 a.m.



 Andreas Schäfer
CEDIM FDA Report "Noto Earthquake (Japan; January 2024)"


Plan to save the island states in crisis

BNN reports on the CEDIM spin-off Risklayer and the latest report on the plan to save the sinking island states.


link (in German)

 Bildagentur PantherMedia/DogoraSun (YAYMicro)
Climate crisis costs: rescue package for threatened nations

International study in the run-up to COP28: Public-private partnerships could help protect developing countries from the financial consequences of climate change.



Risk sharing for Loss and Damage: Scaling up protection for the Global South

Together with the University of Cambridge, CEDIM together with Risklayer lauches a Loss and Damage action plan to scale up protection for the Global South.



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Turning flooding risk to drought protection

Flood reservoirs in Baden-Württemberg are shown to be capable of supplying millions of cubic meters of water to mitigate potential droughts in rivers.



 Susanna Mohr
Serial clustering of different weather extreme

This project investigates temporal clustering of different extremes based on building insurance data.



CEDIM Short Report "Heavy rain Greece & Libya"

Short report as of 20. October 2023


pdf (in German)

 Susanna Mohr
SWR2 Science Podcast: Thunderstorm research

Climate change could make thunderstorms more dangerous. Researchers are therefore chasing thunderstorms to better understand them.


link (in German)

 Selina Schwarz
Canopy mortality increased tenfold during summer droughts 2018-2020 in Luxembourg

Drought vulnerability and extreme bark beetle outbreaks threaten spruce trees in Central Europe.



WTW Research Network Newsletter

The power of geostationary satellites for improved hail risk assessment



Global Heatwave 2023

Andreas Schäfer talks to the SRH Campus Report about the heat records in summer 2023.



 Bernhard Mühr
Global Heatwave 2023: July brought the hottest three weeks ever

KIT press release on CEDIM report on this year's temperature records in the northern hemisphere - heat hotspot in Europe was Italy by far.



 SWR Science Talk
The urban supply of goods and energy in the future

How can critical infrastructures be made sustainable and resilient? Dr. Sadeeb Ottenburger as a guest at the SWR Science Talk.


link (in German)
CEDIM FDA Task Force on the current global heatwaves

The summer of 2023 was characterised by a series of heat waves of varying length and intensity, which in some places significantly exceeded previous all-time temperature records.


pdf (in German)


 Jannick Fischer
Where in South America does hail occur?

Based on satellite data, the spatial distribution and thus the risk of hailstorms in South America is estimated.



Anniversary: Costliest hailstorm in Germany

With a total damage of 3.6 million euros, the storms of 27/28 July 2023 were the most expensive hailstorm event in Germany. Marco Kaschuba from WetterOnline together with Michael Kunz in recap.


link (in German)

Disaster researchers caution about consequences of reconstruction in the Ahr valley

link (in German)

Wildland-urban interface (WUI) and forest fire vulnerability in Brandenburg

WUI mapping and assessment of forest fire vulnerability can help identify settlements that are most likely to be affected by forest fire.



 Andreas Schäfer
BRAIN BITES | "Shake it risky! Time for an earthquake cocktail"

6. July 12:30 Uhr – 13:30 Uhr in the Triangel
Speaker: Andreas Schäfer


link (in German)

  Susanna Mohr
Successful KIT Open Day

CEDIM attended the science festival "Effects 2023" at Campus North.


link (in German)

 Panther Media Stock Agency / Olya Solodenko
KIT Topic Highlights: Calculating for the case of emergency

Researchers at CEDIM support the Ukrainian authorities on the subject of nuclear safety in the event of damage to one of the four nuclear power plants in the country.



  Susanna Mohr
How to research thunderstorms?

Michael Kunz in an interview with RadioEins about the SwabianMOSES measurement campaign, the development of thunderstorms & hail and about storm chasing.


link (in German)

CLIMATE BRAIN BITES | „Holidays in times of climate change“

14. June 12:30 Uhr – 13:30 Uhr in the Triangel
Speaker: Dr. Andreas Schäfer


link (in German)

 Denise Böhnke
How can critical impacts of hot spells be better captured in urban public spaces?

The CEDIM PhD project on summer heat investigates the relationship between remote sensing observations, local measurements, and subjective perceptions of the population in downtown Karlsruhe.



Job advertisement Tandem Professorship in Real-World-Lab ERNIE

University professorship (W3) “Impact-Based Forecasting”



Job advertisement Tandem Professorship in Real-World-Lab ERNIE

University professorship (W3) “Decision making under high risk and high uncertainty”



How is mobility behavior affected by flooding?

Flood events have a major impact on traffic volume, travel radius, mode choice and trip purposes.



AI-based Early Warning for safe operation of large dams

A nested deep neural network-based correlation analysis for risk-forecasting was developed as the core module of an early warning system.



WKP AfrikaPunge
Hail hazard in South Africa

Within the framework of the "Willis Hail Hazard Assessment" project in cooperation with the Willis Research Network, the hail hazard in South Africa has been estimated.



Recently published Highlight Paper in NHESS

PART2 of the July Flood 2021 two-paper series was also selected by NHESS editors as a Highlight Paper.



TalsperreKleineKinzigHarke/Wikimedia Commons
Can reservoirs be used simultaneously for flood, heat and drought protection?

Preparing for the future



Now CEDIM tweets

CEDIM now has its own Twitter account: @CEDIM_KIT

PrimeBhutanSusanna Mohr
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan visiting KIT

During his visit to KIT, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan, Dr. Lotay Tshering, also informed about research at CEDIM.



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"Predictable and avoidable in its worst consequences"

SRH Campus Report in conversation with Andreas Schäfer about the earthquake in Turkey/Syria in February 2023.


link (in German)

CEDIM members helps Ukraine prepare for nuclear emergency

To prepare Ukraine for a nuclear catastrophe, researchers of CEDIM support with a prediction system. Wolfgang Raskob in an interview with SWR.


link (In German)

Are drought events becoming more frequent in the Rhine catchment?

High temperatures and absence of precipitation contributes to more recurrent drought events in the Rhine River Basin.



How KIT Supports Ukraine to Prepare for Nuclear Emergency

KIT experts on current issues

link (In German)

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Minister for the Environment of the State of Baden-Württemberg Thekla Walker visits KIT

During her visit at KIT, Baden-Württemberg's Minister for the Environment, Climate and Energy Thekla Walker also informed about research at CEDIM.


link (In German)

MichaelAmadeus Bramsiepe
How can we deal with natural disasters

CEDIM spokesman Michael Kunz answers in the KIT student magazine ClicKIT

link (In German)

AndiAndreas Schäfer
Experts expect worst case scenario of 67,000 dead after Earthquake

KIT experts on current topics

link (In German)

EQ2023 Türkei Syrien kontext Top100James Daniell
CEDIM FDA: Earthquake Turkey Syria Feb. 2023

FDA Report No.1 "Kahramanmaraş & Elbistan Earthquake Turkey", as of 08 February 2022
pdf (in German)

Recently published Highlight Paper in NHESS

PART1 of the July Flood 2021 two-paper series was selected by the NHESS editors as a Highlight Paper


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Understanding natural hazards and being better prepared for them

Helmholtz Challenge #156 from CEDIM


Tonga volcano eruption: first shock wave in 140 years

On the trail of a mystery in the new Newsletter of the KIT Climate and Environment Center (In German)

20 years disaster research within CEDIM

CEDIM celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. We want to celebrate this occasion together with active and former staff members, supporters, cooperation partners and friends.



HyWaSusanna Mohr
HyWa Podcast WasserGespräche

CEDIM in conversation with the journal "Hydrologie & Wasserbewirtschaftung (HyWa)" about the collaboration between meteorologists and hydrologists and about the Eifel flood in July 2021 (in German)



Discussion-Paper PART2 on the July Flood 2021

As a follow-up to our FDA activity last summer, Part 2 on the July 2021 flood is out now. Part2 places the 2021 event in the historical context of precipitation and runoff records and changes in valley morphology over time. We also evaluate the role of current and future climate change in altering precipitation totals and associated flood hazards, and the implications for flood management.


How to minimize risks to critical infrastructure

New in the portal "KIT Experts": Sadeeb Simon Ottenburger on the resilience of critical infrastructures.

link (In German)

One year after the disaster – CEDIM presents studies on the Ahr floods

In the night of July 14 to 15, 2021, the unthinkable happened in  Germany. A torrential rainfall of up to 150 liters  poured into the narrow valley of the Ahr in the Eastern Eifel. SRH Campus Report talks to Susanna Mohr about new results that have recently been published.


link (in German)

Podcast on "Earthquake-Proof Buildings"

With Andreas Schäfer in the BR Podcast "Earthquake-Proof Architecture - Prepared for "The Big One"


link (in German)

Reallabor ERNIElookKIT
Real lab ERNIE at KIT

The planned real-world lab called ERNIE (Real-time decisions in the presence of risky ignorance in the impact prediction of extreme events), to be launched at KIT in 2023, focuses on forecasts and analyses of the impact of short-term extreme events as well as long-term climate changes and their interactions with society, economy, and the environment in urban areas. The way society deals with risks and uncertainties is of particular importance here.



Save The Date: 20 years CEDIM

20 years of disaster research at CEDIM

EA Ohilippines 2022Andreas Schäfer
Earthquake in Abra (Philippines)

Very strong and damaging today (27.7.2022) in Abra (Luzon, Philippines). Current information in our Risklayer Explorer at link


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CEDIM Short Report "Paktika earthquake in Afghanistan"

Short Report as of 5 July 2022



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Nano spezial

One year after the flood in the Ahr valley: What meteorological causes led to the disaster? What lessons are  learned and how can science help? Media report with Andreas Schäfer.


link (in german)

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Climate change and land use changes favor flood events

KIT press release on our current studies on the flood disaster in the Eifel in 2021 including the future development of such extreme events



Resilient and sustainable care: Early warning and adaptive capacity

Taking into account large uncertainties and systemic risks, a team within CEDIM is using mathematics, AI and simulations to develop systems for early warning, planning and real-time management.


BadMuenstereifel1Bernd März (Unwetter-Freaks)
Article: One year after the flood

A year has passed since the flood disaster in the Ahr Valley. What are the most important improvements that have been made in dealing with flash floods? Are there important areas where too little progress has been made? Researchers, including Michael Kunz and Susanna Mohr, address these and other questions in the Helmholtz Flood Focus:


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Ahr flood: How vulnerable are people with disabilities during catastrophes?

For people with disabilities and senior citizens, the consequences of natural hazards are often particularly severe. As studies also show, they are disproportionately represented among the fatalities. Christina Helberg, together with Andreas Schäfer, examines the question of how well people from vulnerable groups in Germany are protected in extreme situations.

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Multi-Risk Indicators Approach for Urban Resilience Assessment (INCREASE-MIA)

Effective Disaster Risk Management involves planning for the expected and adapting to the unexpected, leading to a continuous process of resilience.


HM2022Susanna Mohr
Impressions: CEDIM & Risklayer at Hannover Messe 2022

From May 30 to June 2, 2022, CEDIM together with KIT spin-off Risklayer presented their work on disaster research at Hannover Messe.



KunzAmadeus Bramsiepe
Managing Natural Hazards

CEDIM Speaker Michael Kunz is KIT Expert of the Month



CEDIM FlyerSusanna Mohr
New CEDIM Flyer

Appropriately for 20 years of disaster research in CEDIM a new flyer



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More resilience for critical infrastructures

Researchers from CEDIM and the working group "Resilient and Smart Infrastructure Systems (RESIS)" are developing concepts for planning and operating future-proof supply systems and are part of the team at Hannover Messe 2022.



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Discussion-Paper on July 2021 Flood

As a follow-up to our FDA activity last summer, Part 1 on the July 2021 flood has now been published. The focus of the study is the complex interactions between meteorological, hydrological, and hydro-morphological processes and mechanisms that led to this exceptional flood.



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Understanding Hazards, Assessing Risks, Strengthening Resilience

From May 30 to June 2, 2022, CEDIM together with the KIT spin-off Risklayer present their work on disaster research at the Hannover Messe.



CEDIM at Hannover Messe 2022

From May 30 to June 2, 2022, KIT presents selected highlights from risk research at the Hannover Messe. Susanna Mohr, General Manager of the CEDIM, presents the contributions of the CEDIM during the press preview of the Hannover Messe 2022.


link (YouTube; in German)

Germany lacks disaster competence

In the new LookKIT magazine, CEDIM researchers look back on 20 years of disaster research.
(from p. 14).



Risklayer: Understanding and reducing risks

The Risklayer think tank was founded in 2014 as a spin-off of CEDIM. In the latest LookKIT magazine, Risklayer presents itself and its products for politics and business (from p. 17).



Prepared for every eventuality

Researchers at CEDIM have further developed the methods from nuclear safety research and ensure greater resilience of critical infrastructures (from p. 20).



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CEDIM Short Report "Torrential Rain & Flooding in South Africa (April 2022)"

Short Report as of 17 March 2022



The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai volcano Eruption – a dual tsunami

The volcano eruption offshore Tonga triggered an unexpected dual tsunami.


After AKW Bombardment - Does Germany Have to Take Precautions?

Wolfang Raskob explains in (in German) how a reactor is protected and what can happen in an emergency.

CEDIM Short Report "Winter storm series, February 2022 (Europe)"

Short Report as of 5 March 2022



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CEDIM Short Report "Heavy rain, South Africa (Jan. 2022)"

Short Report as of 20 January 2022


pdf (In German)

SchaeferAndreas Schäfer
Did you feel it? This is how the volcanic eruption on Tonga also made itself felt in Karlsruhe

KAnews talks to Andreas Schäfer about the volcanic eruption on Tonga.

link (In German)

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Volcanic eruption erases islands and sends pressure waves as far as Germany

WELT interviewed Andreas Schäfer about the volcanic eruption on the Tonga Islands.


link (in German)

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CEDIM Kurzbericht "Volcano & Tsunami Hunga Tonga"

Short Report as of 18 January 2022



How does the mobility behavior of private households differ in extreme situations?

Flooding events lead to a reduction in the radius of movement, accompanied by shifts in mode choice and trip purposes.


Corona – The Never-ending story.

The corona numbers continue to grow and independent collection of data from CEDIM/Risklayer continues to show the delays in German statistics making trends difficult.


Severe weather and droughts - How we can protect ourselves better

As part of the alpha topics "The climate and us", Bayerischer Rundfunk reports on various research activities of the CEDIM:

link (In German)

NewsArnold Keller (2020)
Monitoring of Bridge Movements During Operation with Ground-Based Radar and Machine Learning

Researchers develop non-invasive, mobile, and innovative measurement and analysis methodologies to monitor and evaluate bridge conditions during operation.


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CEDIM Short Report "Storm Hendrik/Ignatz (Germany)"

Short report, as of 25 October 2021

pdf (In German)

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CEDIM Short Report "Heavy rain (USA, California)"

Short report, as of 26 October 2021

pdf (In German)

HJP_Hail23062021Heinz Jürgen Punge
Will severe convective storms be more frequent in the future?

This question is addressed by many researchers, but also insurers fear increasing losses.


Monitoring drought damage in forests using artificial neural networks.

The drought summer of 2018 led to the death of many millions of trees in Central Europe; conifers were disproportionately affected.


Natural disasters: Better assessing the risk of flooding

Andreas Schäfer in conversation with SWR.


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Also take your own warnings seriously

Corona numbers are rising faster than they have since autumn 2020. Andreas Schäfer from CEDIM explains in an interview with ZDF how the fourth wave in Germany could be stopped.

link (in German)

BadMuenstereifel1_750x500.jpgBernd März (Unwetter-Freaks)
Supplement to CEDIM FDA Report Nr.1 "Hochwasser Mitteleuropa 2021 (Deutschland)"

pdf (Last update: 10. August 2021)

"200 litres per square metre" - KIT presents forensic analysis of the July flood disaster

The July flood of 2021 will go down as a sad record in the history of flood disasters. The SRH Campus Report talks to CEDIM about the current FDA Report.

link (in German)

Flood research: "Every single one of us needs risk competence"

How an extreme event becomes a natural disaster. Helmholtz in conversation with the authors Andreas Schäfer and Michael Kunz.

link (in German)

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Flood Risks Were Significantly Underestimated

CEDIM presents report on flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia - Damages could exceed ten billion euros.


link (In German)

BadMuenstereifel1_750x500.jpgBernd März (Unwetter-Freaks)
CEDIM FDA Report Nr.1 "Hochwasser Mitteleuropa 2021 (Deutschland)"

pdf (In German)

Reception of public-private partnerships in a crisis context

Population survey examines risk perception and the public's attitude towards public-private partnerships in emergency contexts.


WalsbrandSebastian Gabsch/ PNN
Increasing wildfire risk in Germany

The progressing climate change and associated increasing temperatures and declining precipitation rates also lead to an increased wildfire risk in Germany.



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Convective precipitation in urban areas

Under future climate conditions, convective precipitation in urban areas will intensify.



Disaster researcher James Daniell interviewed by ZDFheute

After more than a year of the pandemic, Germany has learned little when it comes to collecting corona numbers. CEDIM member James Daniell on the reasons:

link (In German)

ZDF about our Corona data

ZDFheute uses statistics from Risklayer / CEDIM for many of its Corona charts, as we collect information several times per day directly from the health departments of cities and districts.


10 years after the Tohoku Tsunami

A massive disater in Japan turned into a political debate. The Mw9.1 Tohoku earthquake and the following tsunami left 18,000 casualties and millions of people homeless. The following nuclear accident in Fukushima shook the world. Many questions are still open.



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CEDIM Short Report "Snowfall/Cold spell February 2021 (Germany)"

Short report, as of 29 March 2021

pdf (in German)

Interview "More hail due to greenhouse effect?"

Michael Kunz in conversation with Stefan Fuchs (Campusreport; in German)

link (in German)

Media echo BR24 on corona data analysis

The ten percent threshold in Bavaria has been exceeded. But the distribution of those vaccinated at least once is very uneven. A data analysis shows large regional differences.

link (in German)

Willis Re launches new South African hail risk model

Willis Re has launched a new Hail Catastrophe Risk Model which quantifies the risk from damaging hail events across South Africa. Developed in collaboration with Willis Research Network partners at CEDIM/IMK-TRO (siehe oben) and NASA’s Langley Research Centre, the model delivers a robust view of hail risk for the (re)insurance market.


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Preliminary warning: Storm 13 March 2021

Warning levels for several cities in Germany

pdf (as of 13 March)
pdf (as of 12 March)

Preliminary warning: Storm 10/11 March 2021

Warning levels for the 40 largest cities in Germany

pdf (as of 11 March)
pdf (as of 10 March)
pdf (as of 9 March)

Why a dozen data nerds provide fresher infection figures than the RKI

Public health departments and the Robert Koch Institute are struggling with software problems and late reports. Yet it would be so simple, as a disaster researcher from CEDIM shows.

link (German)

Earthquake Review 2020

Contrary to many other years of the 21st century, no earthquake has left a global scale footprint in 2020. But 2020 was dominated by smaller destructive earthquakes with only local impact. This leaves 2020 as one of least active years in terms of earthquake damage for years.



Frost quakes: How cold waves cause ground shaking

An explosion sound followed by a gentle shake: A kind of non-tectonic quake during extreme cold waves that can even cause minor damage.


CEDIM Short Report "Heavy Rain & Flood January 2021 (Germany)"

Short report, as of February 2, 2021
pdf (in German)

Meteorological Report: New Reference Period 1991 - 2020 and the Climatological Conditions in Germany in 2020

Weather Hazard Early Warning Summary.


CATnews: Most destructive earthquakes in 2020


Recently published: CEDIM Research Report 2017-2020

How the current corona pandemic is influencing the work of CEDIM – that and much more is presented in the new CEDIM research report.

CAT News
CATnews: Earthquakes in 2020 (Status: 4. Sept. 2020)

CATnews summarizes the previous earthquake statistics of the year.


The Weather Channel informs about our new information portal

link (In German)

Sudden freezing rain

Michael Kunz in conversation with the Tagesspiegel on his work on hail research.
link (in german)

CEDIM Spin-Off Company Risklayer

Recently, a report on the CEDIM spin-off is published in the new lookKIT of KIT (see p. 45).

The corona crisis is far from over

An interview with James Daniell and the SRH Campus Report:
link (4:42 min; In German)

We are very lucky that it is such a slow catastrophe

CEDIM employee James Daniell in an interview with the Tagesspiegel, why Germany was poorly prepared for the corona pandemic - and what the virus could cost.


ZDF: Covid-19 - All figures and graphics on the coronavirus

ZDF uses different data sources for the coronavirus case numbers.
For Germany, CEDIM/Risklayer provides the most recent figures.


Tagesspiegel: All Corona cases by county and state

Tagesspiegel Innovation Lab uses data from CEDIM /Risklayer.


Prof. Dr. Kay Mitusch - New Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board

Since 1 January 2020, Prof Dr Kay Mitusch, member of the CEDIM Coordination Committee, is the new Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.


Hail events will probably occur more frequently

Ralf Caspary from SWR2 in an interview with Prof. Michael Kunz

link (in German)

KIT Report on CEDIM Activities

Data analysis: spread of the coronavirus in Germany

link (In German)

New info portal: CEDIM activities on Sars-CoV-2 graphically presented

Graphical processing of the development of the Sars-CoV-2 numbers with the help of the new CEDIM/Risklayer-Explorer


BNN uses data from CEDIM/RiskLayer to illustrate all confirmed coronavirus cases in Baden-Württemberg

Interactive maps show all coronavirus cases in BaWü (automatic update)

link (in German)

Tracking of the coronavirus at the district level in Germany

So far 1249 cases have been registered throughout Germany (Last update 10.03.2020 00:00).

Tracking Coronavirus at a subnational level

CEDIM is investigating the spread of the SARS-COV-2 virus in collaboration with RiskLayer.


CEDIM FDA: Storms "Sabine“ and „Victoria“, Feb 2020 (Germany)

Report No.1, Last update: 28. Feb. 2020

pdf (In German)

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CEDIM Short Report "Heavy Rain/ Storm February 2020 (Germany)"

Short Report, Last Update: 4. February 2020

pdf (in German)

DKKV Newsletter dedicated to CEDIM FDA activities

The main topic of the new DKKV Newsletter is forensic catastrophe analysis, specifically what exactly defines it and the advantages it brings to understanding and coping with catastrophe events.

Link (german)

CEDIM Short Report "Earthquake, Doganyol, 24 January 2020 (Turkey)"

Short Report, Last Update: 29. January 2020


Flooding Venice

CEDIM Short Report on the severe flooding in November 2019 in Venice, Italy.

CEDIM is now a member of the DKKV

The DKKV is a national platform for disaster risk reduction in Germany and an intermediary for international organizations and initiatives in the field of disaster risk reduction.

3rd European Hail Workshop, 16.-18. März 2020, Karlsruhe

The IMK-TRO is organizing the next European Hail Workshop in Karlsruhe. Abstract submission (Deadline 29.11.19) and registration (Deadline 31.01.20) is now possible on the workshop website.

CEDIM is now a member of Risk KAN

The Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events provides an open platform for scientific communities from across science disciplines and engineering working on extreme events, disaster risk reduction and governance to exchange information, knowledge and data and engage in collaborative research activities.

Karte Hagel
Hail - A risk factor that can finally be quantified

Report about the CEDIM hail research at KIT. Last Update: 21 August 2019


CEDIM Short Report "Exceptional severe thunderstorms with large hailstones June 2019 (Germany)"

Short Report, Last update: 25. Juni 2019


CEDIM Short Report "Heavy Rain May 2019 (Germany)"

Short Report, Last update: 27 May 2019


CEDIM FDA "Tropical Cyclone IDAI"

Report No.1, Last update: 30 April 2019


CEDIM Short report "Volcano-Tsunami Anak Krakatoa"

Short report, Last update: 02 April 2019


EFFEKTE-Science Tuesday at Tollhaus

At this year's EFFEKTE Science Tuesday at the Kulturzentrum Tollhaus, Dr. Andreas Schäfer presented the work from CEDIM around the topic "Dangers of future natural hazards and climate change consequences".

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How safe is "safe"?

About the reliability of technical systems in the age of digital change.
CEDIM staff in conversation with (In German).


CEDIM in the media

Extreme weather in Germany: Drought 2018 - What it has done so far

link (In German)

Drought summer 2018 - A summary

"Double-digit billions in damages": In Campus Report, Michael Kunz presents a summary of summer 2018, which CEDIM recently presented.


Simulations of the Tsunami in Indonesia

In their comprehensive articles on the tsunami in Indonesia, the New York Times quote Andreas Schäfer's computer model. It shows how the wave became bigger and bigger due to the shape of the bay of Palu.


CEDIM FDA Report "Super Typhoon Mangkhut (Philippines)"

Report No.1, Stand: 26. September 2018


CEDIM Short report "Hurricane Florence"

Short report, Last update: 26. September 2018


Smart Grids
Smart Grids: Strengthen Resistance of Intelligent Networks

Critical infrastructures depend more and more on ICT infrastructures. Especially energy supply gets thereby prone to disorders. Researchers of CEDIM develop sustainable solutions.

press information of the KIT (in german)

Damage Potential of Tsunamis regarding Beach Tourism

For the first time the calculation of the potential economic damage caused by tsunamis regarding the touristic infrastructure took place. More than 24.000 beaches have been part of the investigation at CEDIM.


Warmest 4-Month Period since Weather Records began

More hot days than in the “summer of the century” 2003, low water in nearly every river and already more than 91 percent of german ground is dried up. The knowledge platform ESKP highlights a few aspects of the newest CEDIM FDA Report:

link (in german)

CEDIM FDA "Drought & Heat wave"

Report No.1, Stand: 20. August 2018

pdf (In German)

CEDIM Short Report "Earthquake Lombok"

Report Nr. 1, Last update: 07.08.2018


New at CATnews

Impact maps for tropical cyclones:


Campus Report: When does the flood come?

Conversation between a CEDIM employee and the KIT Campus Report:

link (in German)

Flood Risk in South West Germany

Major flood events in Germany repeatedly cause damage running into billions. Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse and Thuringia can now profit from a innovative flood risk model, developed by CEDIM. 

link (in German)

Top ten tourist beaches threatened by tsunamis

More about this in EGU Blogs


Smart Urban Risks – How durable are Smart Cities?

CEDIM-contribution to the ongoing ESKP special topic "metropolises under pressure":


Visit of the THW

On 19th April 2018 the president of the THW and the head of the research department have been invited to CEDIM.


EGU press conference with CEDIM contribution

From tsunamis to floods and storm surges, coastal areas are particularly prone to natural disasters. This press conference looks at the effects from hazards we can expect to impact the world’s coastlines. CEDIM scientist will focus on the tsunami risk for the world’s most prominent beaches and the impact tsunamis can have on beach-related tourism.

link (incl. stream)

Tsunamis could cost the tourism industry several hundred million dollars per year

CEDIM scientists develop global tsunami risk index for beach tourism. Billions of dollars are possible for single events, even in the Mediterranean..

Press release

CEDIM-Contribution to the EGU 2018


Willis Research Network Spring Seminar: Hail Hazard Modelling

On the next WRN spring seminar (18 April 2018), Michael Kunz and Heinz-Jürgen Punge will present their latest work on hail modelling, both in Europe and Australia.


CEDIM Short Report "Winter storm Friederike"

Report No. 1, Last update: 31.1.2018

pdf (German)

Science Communication – emancipated and enlightenend!

CEDIM doctoral candidate elucidates natural disasters at the FameLab.

Podcast KIT
Irma, Harvey & Co – Weather Disasters and the Climate Change

Conversation between CEDIM employees and the research podcast of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology:

CEDIM hail projekt is one of the Willis Tower Watson flagship projects


Massive earthquake at the Iran-Iraq border

First loss estimation...


CEDIM FDA "Hurricane Irma" Report No. 2

Report No.2, last update: 9. October 2017,


192 Billion US-Dollar Damage caused by Storms in 2017

The current "figure of the week" at the BMBF comes from CEDIM:


CEDIM Short Report "Excessive Indian Monsoon"

Report No. 1, last update: 6.9.2017


CEDIM FDA "Hurricane Irma"

Report No.1, Last update: 8. September 2017, 11 Uhr


Harvey Quelle: GOES NASA
CEDIM FDA "Hurricane Harvey"

Report No.1, last update: 30. August 2017, 18:00


CEDIM's Research Report 2015/2016 has been published

Link to the report.

CEDIM presents itself on the open day at KIT

Within the science festival „Effekte 2017“, Campus Nord of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) opens its gates due to an open day.

To the report and pictures.

Heavy Rain Berlin (29.06.2017)

In the end of June, depression "Rasmund III" caused convective strengthened rainfalls in the northeast of Germany. In Berlin-Tegel, as an example, 200 mm of rain accumulated within 24 hours.

Read more (german):

CEDIM Coworker Andreas Schäfer wins Science Slam

At Science Slam im Wissenschaftsjahr 2016/17 in Mainz, CEDIM tsunami expert Andreas Schäfer won his first Science Slam! In September, he will be present at the German final in Berlin.


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Open Day at KIT

CEDIM is part of the open day at Campus Nord in Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen on 24th of June 2017.
For more informationen click here.

James Daniell & WineRisk Team/KIT in Science News

go to the article

Global Risk Index for Wine Regions

Study led by Dr. James Daniell (GPI & CEDIM) examines the impact of natural disasters and climate change on viniculture.

to the press information

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Visualizations of current natural disasters by our CEDIM colleague Dipl.-Ing. M.Sc. Andreas Schäfer.

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Strum Egon
Storm Egon

Analyses of winterstorm Egon in western and central Europe.
To the report (in German)