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Urban Climate and Heat Stress (UCaHS)

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DFG-Forschergruppe Urban Climate and Heat Stress in Mid-latitude Cities in View of Climate Change
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinsschaft (DFG)
Project Lead:
Prof. Dr. Dieter Scherer
TU Berlin, Fachgebiet für Klimatologie
Prof. Dr. Dieter Scherer
TU Berlin, Fachgebiet für Klimatologie

Prof. Dr. Friedrich-Wilhelm Gerstengarbe
HU Berlin/PIK

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Endlicher
HU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Christoph Nytsch-Geusen UDK

Prof. Dr. Christian Witt

Prof. Dr. Tobia Lakes
HU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Gerd Wessolek
TU Berlin

Prof. Claus Steffan
TU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Felix Ziegler
TU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Birgit Kleinschmit
TU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs
Freie Universität Berlin
Juli 2012 - End 2016

Module 5, Subproject “Konstellationen (Policies, Planning, Governance)”
Project Lead:
Prof. Dr. Johann Köppel, Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs
Research Associate:
Dipl.-Ing. Julie Donner


The DFG Research Unit “Urban Climate and Heat Stress” (UCaHS), brings together inter alia climatologists, urban geographers, medical scientists, engineers, urban and environmental planners and political scientists. UCaHS adresses the risk of rising temperatures and the urban heat stress effect as well as respective adaptation strategies.

The core objective of our Research Module “Constellations” (Policies, Planning and Governance) is to identify promising approaches to good governance in planning and decision-making tied to the challenge of urban heat stress. Identifying appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies requires an awareness of the roles played by various actors, institutions, legal and economic contexts. Making use of the data, hypotheses and interim outcomes of the other research partners as well, we explore the constellations that might deal best with urban heat stress. A comprehensive methodology known as “Constellation Analysis” will be applied. It is taken as a hypothesis that in Berlin the relevant actors, instruments, and contexts are still insufficient inter-connected to meet the challenges of urban heat stress.

Research questions address, for example, whether amendments of regulations like the Federal Building Code might be feasible and a thorough analysis of what could boost or block the implementation of adaptation strategies. Which role might not only public-administrative but also civil society´s engagement and entrepreneurial approaches play in the future to tackle urban heat stress? Last but not least, what could cities learn from each other within (inter-)national networks?

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Dipl.-Ing. Julie Donner
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