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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Long-term energy balance measurements at TU campus main building. © F. Meier

last update: Feb. 28, 2017

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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:
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
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.
doi: 10.1177/0739456X16664787.