News & Highlights

New project “Heat Stress” launched

In January 2022, the DBU-funded research project “Planetary Health Model for the Reduction of Heat Stress at the Neighborhood Level” started. In collaboration with partners from the City of Leipzig, it will run under the leadership of the UFZ until May 2023. By combining micrometeorological simulations and social science survey results, the new research field “Planetary Health” will be further developed for the neighborhood level in order to identify key factors for heat stress and to be able to provide practical recommendations for reducing the individual exposure of the population.

More information: Project homepage “Heat Stress”

Heads: Prof. Dr. Sigrun Kabisch, Prof. Dr. Uwe Schlink

Personnel: Daniel Hertel, Janine Pößneck

New project „Lebendige Wände − Living Walls“

The project “Lebendige Wände” (Living Walls) was launched in October 2021. Funded by the Saxon Ministry for Energy, Climate Protection, Environment and Agriculture, the project focuses on testing suitable facade greening concepts in Leipzig. Together with lwb, Saxony's largest municipal housing association, as well as the environmental protection association “Ökolöwe” and the citizens' initiative “Wir im Quartier”, obstacles are identified, the interests of residents are recorded, and greening and maintenance concepts are developed. An elaborate climatological measuring concept allows the monitoring of the cooling capacity and the vitality of the plants during heat and drought. The results will be integrated into existing urban climatological models.

More information: Project  „Living Walls − Green facades for multifunctional climate adaptation in the city“

Contact: Prof. Dr. Uwe Schlink, Raphael Karutz

We welcome Fengxiang Guo as PhD student

Fengxiang Guo
Fengxiang Guo (MSc) from the Jilin University (China) re-joined our Department since the beginning of April 2021. He already worked at the UFZ during Oct-Nov 2019. Now he is conducting research on his PhD project, funded by China Scholarship Council (CSC) and under supervision of Prof. Uwe Schlink, on multi-scale relationships between 3D urban landscapes and ecological processes with a special focus on the influence of buildings on the urban heat environment. Fengxiang will develop methods utilizing remote sensing data for downscaling land surface temperatures from low to high spatial resolution. To evaluate the performance of these new methods they will be compared to measurements and model simulations over different climate zones. Fengxiang is currently registered as PhD student at Leipzig University.

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