The scientific objectives of CLICCS can best be achieved through three intertwined research themes equivalent to “research units”:
- Theme A – Sensitivity and Variability in the Climate System
- Theme B – Climate-Related Dynamics of Social Systems
- Theme C – Sustainable Adaption Scenarios
Each theme is structured into multiple projects adressing in a manageable way sub-objectives of each theme. Infrastructure science will be performed through a project High Performance Computing and Data-Intensive Science. A central synthesis project will distill the results on possible and plausible climate futures, from research in CLICCS and elsewhere, into an annual Hamburg Climate Futures Outlook.