Key competences

  • Climate change adaptation in cities
  • Rapid urbanization
  • Coastal urban climate and global change vulnerabilities in low-and middle-income countries
  • Implications of global environmental change for violent conflict
  • Web-based climate information services
  • Scientific consulting and support
  • Integration, analysis, and visualization of biophysical and socio-economic datasets
  • Global and regional assessments, vulnerability assessments, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) analysis, mapping
  • Reviewing, report writing
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Trainings: Cities and climate change, urbanization, climate change vulnerability assessments, ecological dimensions of sustainable development in international development cooperation, Introduction to GIS and digital cartography, introduction to climate change
  • Consulting activity to date: Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda


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  • 1977
    Born in Hannover, Germany
  • 1997 to 2005
    Studied geography, meteorology and geoinformatics
  • 2006 to 2013
    Scientist at the Potsdam Institute Climate Impact Research (PIK)
  • Since 2014
    Independent consultant in climate impact research and climate change knowledge transfer
  • Since 2010
    PhD candidate at the University of Potsdam and at PIK

Till Sterzel is a co-founder of climate-babel, and has eleven years of experience in the field of climate change-related impacts and response. For the past three years he has been a consultant, trainer, and independent scientist in this field, with a particular focus on international development cooperation and urban development (see references). Till studied geography, meteorology and geoinformatics in Marburg, Brussels, and Berlin. After this he was a researcher and scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in the departments of Climate Impacts and Vulnerability, and Climate Change and Development, for 8 years. His work focused on a) interaction of urbanisation and climate change in cities, b) web-based information system of climate impacts and adaptation measures, and c) the quantitative analysis of the implications of Global Environmental Change for violent conflict. In addition, Till was responsible for GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and mapping applications in many research projects.

Selected publications

Sterzel, T., Lüdeke, M.K.B., Walther, C., Kok, M., Sietz, D., Lucas, P. (2016): Global typology of coastal urban vulnerability under rapid urbanization. Global Environmental Change. Under revision.

Rybski, D., Reusser, D.E., Winz, A.-L., Fichtner, C., Sterzel, T., Kropp, J.P. (2016): Cities as nuclei of sustainability? Environment and Planning B. DOI: 10.1177/0265813516638340. Accepted.

Kok, M., Lüdeke, M.B.L., Lucas, P., Sterzel, T. et al. (2015): A new method for the analysis of archetypical patterns of vulnerability. Regional Environmental Change. Published online first. DOI:10.1007/s10113-014-0746-1.

Sterzel, T., Orlowsky, B., Förster, H.,Weber, A., Eucker, D. (2015): Climate Change Vulnerability Indicators – From Noise to Signal. In: Rottenburg, R., Merry, S. E., Park, S.J., Mugler, J. (eds): The Making of Governmental Knowledge Through Quantification. Cambridge University Press.

Lüdeke, M.B.L., Walther, C, Sterzel, T., Kok, M., Lucas, P., Janssen, P., Hilderink, H. (2014): Understanding Change in Patterns of Vulnerability.  PIK-Report 127. 49 p. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. urn:nbn:de:kobv:b103-pik1274.

Sterzel, T., Lüdeke, M.B.L., Kok, M., Walther, C., de Soysa, I., Sietz, D., Lucas, P., Janssen, P. (2013): Armed conflict distribution in global drylands through the lens of a typology of socio-ecological vulnerability. Regional Environmental Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-013-0553-0

Förster, H., Sterzel, T., Pape, C. A., Moneo-Laín, M., Niemeyer, I., Kropp,  Boer, R., Kropp, J. P. (2011): Sea-level rise in Indonesia: On adaptation priorities in the agricultural sector. Regional Environmental Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-011-0226-9 .

Reusser, D. E., Costa, L., Förster, H., Lissner, T., Pape, C., Pradhan, P., Sterzel, T., Weiß, T., Wrobel, M., Kropp, J. P. (2011): Communication of climate change induced natural hazards with a web platform. Geophysical Research Abstracts 13: 6025-6025.

Kok, M.T.J., Lüdeke, M.K.B., Sterzel, T., Lucas, P.L., Walter, C., Janssen, P. and de Soysa, I. (2010): Quantitative analysis of patterns of vulnerability to global environmental change. Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), Bilthoven, 2010, 92pp.

Badeck, F.-W., Sterzel, T. (2010): Nitrogen Deposition – a Major Risk for Biodiversity. In: Atlas of Biodiversity Risk (eds Settele, J et al.). Pensoft, Sofia, Moscow.

Nocke, T., Sterzel, T., Böttinger, M., Wrobel, M. (2008): Visualization of Climate and Climate Change Data: An Overview. In: Digital Earth Summit on Geoinformatics: Tools for Global Change Research, Potsdam, Germany, 12 – 14 November 2008.

Sterzel, T. (2007): Correlation Analysis of Climate Variables and Wheat Yield Data on Various Aggregation Levels in Germany and the EU-15 Using GIS and Statistical Methods, with a Focus on Heat Wave Years. PIK Report 108.