The Joint Research Project (JRP) pursued 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 were achieved by combining the results from individual sub-projects. Some of the sub-projects were performing theoretical research applying conceptual or numerical models or GIS-based approaches, while others were using observational data from various sources for their individual research. However, all partners shared their data and results with the others, and were also involved in and contributed to collaborative research activities of the entire Research Unit.

The entire research framework was developed and rigorously tested using Berlin as test bed.

Quick Contact

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:
Donner, J., Sprondel, N. F. and J. Köppel (2017): Climate Change Adaptation to Heat Risk at the Local Level: A Bayesian Network Analysis of Local Land-Use Plan Implementation. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 19 (2).
Follow-on projects:
Heat waves in Berlin, Germany – Urban climate modifications

BMBF Programme Urban Climate Under Change

Urban Vertical Green 2.0