Professor for Meteorology, University of Munich; Member of the Council, Munich Re Foundation, Munich, Germany.
From his position as Chief of the Geo Research Department of the Munich Reinsurance Company for the past 32 years, Dr. Berz has worked within the framework of the United Nations Environmental Program and organizations of insurance companies and financial institutions to provide practical advice about providing better vulnerability assessments, preparedness measures, and early warning systems to reduce the impact of natural hazards.
His world zoning maps providing a global view of natural hazards have been distributed to at least 50,000 people worldwide. He has 116 papers on natural disasters published in journals and books in 6 continents. In 1990, at a meeting in Queensland, Australia, he called attention to the link between greenhouse effects, natural catastrophes, and insurance, following this with a paper in Paris on global warming, and several subsequent reports on the same topics. He was one of the leaders at a World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in Kobe, Japan, January 2005, contributing to knowledge development in this field and providing relevant data without which it would have been more difficult to make convincing recommendations, according to the Director of the Inter-Agency Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
EGU Sergey Soloviev Medallist 2007 "for his visionary pioneer work over many years linking increased losses from loading, earthquakes and storms to human-induced climate change."
Gerhard Berz (Hrsg.): "Konzepte und Anwendungen von Windlastnormen ", Windtechnologische Gesellschaft (WTG) e.V. 1989, ISBN 3928909002
Gerhard Berz u.a.: "Klimaveränderungen und Umweltriskmanagement", Verlag Versicherungswirtschaft e.V., ISBN 3884875655
Gerhard Berz (Hrsg.): "Erdbebeneinwirkungen auf nichttragende Bauelemente", Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erdbeben-Ingenieurwesen und Bau-Dynamik (DGEB) e.V 1989, ISBN 3930108011
Gerhard Berz (und anderen): "Wetterkatastrophen und Klimawandel", Pg Verlag 2005, ISBN 3937624805