Research Link 470
Political and societal influences on vulnerability to heat stress

The aim of this Research Link is the identification of political and societal influences on vulnerability to heat stress by extraction of key influential factors and the coupling of qualitative and quantitative information and methods to analyze options for promising governance constellations to tackle heat stress.

Expected Results: Identification of key variables and relationships for the studied constellation and development of scenarios with different parameter combinations and variable values. Identification of promotive and constraining constellations to minimize the risk of heat stress and conflicts of mitigation and adaption policies will be pointed out. Integration into whole Research Unit "UCaHS": By providing spatially explicit as well as theoretical planning framework for improved decision-making.

Involved sub-projects

RM 3.2 "Urban Vulnerability"
RM 5.1 "Constellations"

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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.