Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI)
Secretariat of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) 
Luisenstraße 46
D-10117 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 263948 30
Fax: +49 30 263948 50

The Secretariat is hosted administratively through the Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI). The Alfred Wegener Institute is a Public Foundation. It is member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.


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  • Wernerwerke, Berlin
  • High-rise buildings and informal settlements in Dhaka. Frauke Kraas
  • Urban landscape, Phoenix, Arizona(2007). Frauke Kraas
  • Dominant worldwide: car-oriented urban development; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Gesa Schöneberg
  • WBGU based on data from the UN DESA Population Division, 2014
  • WBGU, based on UN DESA Population Division, 2014
  • © UNEP, 2011b: 461f.
  • Use of inner-city green spaces in Berlin. Gesa Schöneberg
  • Inner-city disparities in Mumbai in a confined space: slum settlement in front of high-rise buildings in old industrial areas, 2010. Frauke Kraas
  • Informal settlement on agricultural land in Greater Cairo. Gesa Schöneberg
  • Large-scale residential projects in Guangzhou. Frauke Kraas
  • ‘Virada Esportiva’ recreational sports event to enliven public space in the centre of SãoPaulo. Tobias Töpfer
  • WBGU, based on Rockström et al., in print; Sterner und Bauer, 2016