Earth System Knowledge Platform

The geoscientific information platform (Earth System Knowledge Platform, ESKP) was providing information from the participating Helmholtz Centres for different stakeholders (e. g. Ministries, public authorities, decision makers, journalists, public), within the frame of the cross-programme activities of the Helmholtz Association.

By the end of the project (December 2020), more than 770 contributions have been published on the and websites, 161 of them by the special issues and more than 100 articles dealing with basic knowledge of the Earth system.

The contributions on are distributed across the four major sections of “Natural Hazards”, “Climate Change”, “Pollutants” as well as “Energy Transformation & Environment” Each of these sections includes a number of sub-categories, such as “Biodiversity”, “Volcanism”, “Permafrost” or “Risk Management”.

One crucial element of the knowledge offer are the special issues ( The first special issue, on the topic of “Plastik in Gewässern – Wie unser Handeln Meere verändert (Plastics in Waters – How our Behaviour Changes the Seas)”, was published by the end of 2017. It was followed by issues on topics such as “Metropolen unter Druck – So werden Städte zukunftsfähiger (Metropolises under Pressure – How to Make Cities Fit for the Future)” (2018), “Rohstoffe in der Tiefsee – Metalle aus dem Meer für unsere High-Tech-Gesellschaft (Raw Materials from the Deep Seas – Metals from the Sea for Our High-Tech Society)” (2018), “Biodiversität im Meer und an Land – Vom Wert biologischer Vielfalt (Biodiversity in the Seas and on Land – On the Value of Biodiversity)” (2019) as well as “Vulkanismus und Gesellschaft – Zwischen Risiko, Vorsorge und Faszination (Volcanism and Society – Between Risk, Precaution and Fascination)” (2020).

Over the course of the project, more than 420 experts have contributed actively, either as authors or as experts in the context of quality assurance. This way, the contributions were scientifically safe and supported a crucial goal of ESKP: presenting the audience with information and current, reliable insights.

Coordination and Partners

The project is coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) and the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG). The editing was provided by the central ESKP editorial staff as well as by the ESPK coordinators from the centres involved.

Further participating centres are: the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Research Centre Jülich (FZJ), the GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Sciences Kiel, the Karlsruher Institute for Technology (KIT) and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).

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