The Joint Research Project (JRP) pursues the following goals:

  1. Development and experimental testing of a model-based methodology for quantification of heat-stress hazards and risks in mid-latitude cities under current and future climates, and for different paths of urban development.

  2. Analysis of effectiveness and efficiency of technical and non-technical actions for reducing heat-stress risks in mid-latitude cities, particularly focussing on innovative building designs and technologies, as well as on urban/building green and open spaces.

  3. Analysis of options for implementation of effective and efficient actions with special focus on such actions for reduction of heat-stress risks in mid-latitude cities creating synergies for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.

The goals will be achieved by combining the results from individual sub-projects. Some of the sub-projects are performing theoretical research applying conceptual or numerical models or GIS-based approaches, while others are using observational data from various sources for their individual research. However, all partners will share their data and results with the others, and will also be involved in and contribute to collaborative research activities of the entire Research Unit.

The entire research framework will be developed and rigorously tested using Berlin as test bed during the whole scheduled duration of six years. During a second phase of the Research Unit, we propose to extend our model-based research to Casablanca, Morocco, another mid-latitude city offering different geographical and structural conditions.

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


Map of our observations:
UCaHS Observation Network
Latest Publication:
Jänicke, B., F. Meier, D. Fenner, U. Fehrenbach, A. Holtmann, D. Scherer (2016): Urban-rural differences in near-surface air temperature as resolved by the Central Europe Refined analysis (CER): sensitivity to planetary boundary layer schemes and urban canopy models. International Journal of Climatology, 37 (4):2063-2079.
Mahlkow, N. and J. Donner (2016): From Planning to Implementation? The Role of Climate Change Adaptation Plans to Tackle Heat Stress. A Case Study of Berlin, Germany. Journal of Planning Education and Research 1-12.