Hans-Otto Pörtner

Prof. Hans-Otto Pörtner, marine biologist at Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, is both co-coordinator of BIOACID and co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The IPCC provides the scientific basis for the negotiations on climate change and the climate goals that are set to limit global climate change. Even now, the oceans play an important role in the climate change negotiations. But the more detailed information researchers from all over the world collect, the more the ocean will be considered. Results from BIOACID also contribute to this.

“We know so much about the effects by now that we do not have any reason to delay actions to limit climate change”, says Prof. Pörtner. “There is no reason for inaction anymore.”