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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Daily maximum mean radiant temperature pattern of central Berlin. © F. Meier

last update: Dec. 11, 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:
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).
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.