Risk Communication to support property level adaptation
In January 2023, the final report of the project "PIVO - Private Eigenvorsorge" was published. The project was funded by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Christian Kuhlicke, PIVO investigated how different communication formats (a serious game on flood protection, a simulation and a precautionary information campaign) affect the motivation of citizens to take precautions against the consequences of climate change. This report provides a detailed and illustrative overview of the developed communication formats and the results of an extensive evaluation. A longitudinal survey was conducted in 11 municipalities, with six cities serving as control municipalities in order to draw controlled conclusions on the effectiveness of the communication formats. You can find the report under the following link (it’s in German and includes a English summary).
New project on resilience planning in German municipalities
In December, the one-year project “Resilience in municipal practice – How about resilience?” started with the collaboration of Prof. Dr. Christian Kuhlicke, Prof. Dr. Dieter Rink, Janine Pößneck und Anika Schmidt. Financed by and in close exchange with the German federal association on housing and urban development, called vhw, the team will elaborate a survey of debate, knowledge and planning related to urban resilience in German municipalities. Based on literature analysis and interviews a synthesis report will be published at the end of the project. The overall goal is to further refine the concept of urban resilience and elaborate suggestions for municipal planning. The project is part of the platform project „Transformations towards resilient cities".
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 “Heat Stress”
Contact: Prof. Dr. Sigrun Kabisch, Prof. Dr. Uwe Schlink
Uwe Schlink as a fellow at Durham University (UK)
At the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), he presents his current research and establish academic connections during his research stay from October - December 2022.