DFG Research Unit 1736

UCaHS - Urban Climate and Heat Stress
in mid-latitude cities in view of climate change

The DFG Research Unit addresses complex scientific questions related to heat stress in mid-latitude cities by a multi- and interdisciplinary approach involving climatologists, urban geographers and hydrologists, physicians, architects, physicists and engineers, urban planners and social scientists.

The causal chains spanning from climate modifications by urban regions to out- and indoor heat-stress hazards will be analysed in detail, and scenario-based projections of future heat-stress hazards will be computed for the example of Berlin considering climate change as well as urban development paths. Heat-stress risks will be studied by available observational data, in particular for specifically vulnerable groups of elderly people or patients in hospitals. [Read more]

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Intensive Measurement Campain of a greened facade with fixed meteorological devices and a mobile biometeorological station. © B. Jaenicke

last update: Aug. 25, 2016

Quick Contact

Prof. Dr. Dieter Scherer (TUB)
Prof. Dr. Tobia Lakes (HUB)
Dr. Ute Fehrenbach (TUB)
Dr. Fred Meier (TUB)


Next UCaHS Jour Fixe:
Mon, 18. April, at 5 p.m.,
Café Hardenberg
(Hardenbergstraße 10, 10623 Berlin, near S-Bahn station "Zoologischer Garten")
Newspaper article about climate changes in Berlin:
"Zahl der Tropennächte in Berlin könnte sich verfünffachen".
Newspaper article about UCaHS research:
"Der Kampf gegen Hitzestress in der Stadt -
Wie Klimatologen, Ingenieure, Ärzte und Stadtplaner zusammenarbeiten".

Newspaper article about our research in hospital:
"Gegen den Hitzetod: Berlin testet gekühlte Krankenzimmer"
Further media releases
Map of our observations:
UCaHS Observation Network
Latest Publications:
Ward, K., Lauf, S., Kleinschmit, B. and W. Endlicher (2016). Heat waves and urban heat islands in Europe: A review of relevant drivers. Science of the Total Environment, 569-570: 527-539
doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.06.119.
Grossman-Clarke, S., Schubert, S. and D. Fenner (2016, in press). Urban effects on summertime air temperature in Germany under climate change. Int. J. Climatol.,
doi: 10.1002/joc.4748.
Mahlkow, N., Lakes, T., Donner, J., Köppel, J. and M. Schreurs (2016, in press). Developing storylines for urban climate governance by using constellation analysis - insights from a case study in Berlin, Germany. Urban Climate, doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2016.02.006.
Further publications here