JURSE 2023 - Heraklion Crete
16 May - 19 May 2023
As a member of the JURSE Scientific Committee, Ellen Banzhaf is participating in the Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event in Greece. There she will present central work of the platform project 6.4, Resilient Cities. They mainly deal with questions of blue-green transformations in cities and urban environmental risks. In this context, the monitoring of different ecosystem services in fast-growing cities plays an important role as well as the exposure to environmental risks in relation to different residential structures. In addition to methodological topics of urban remote sensing, the event will focus on the application of urban remote sensing to social sciences, urban planning and environmental protection as well as urban ecology. Further training offers of this event include technical tutorials, e.g. for fast online EO processing of geohazards in order to be able to quickly detect hazard-prone areas in an urban context.
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Daniel Hertel completed his PhD project
With the defence of his dissertation in September 2022 on the topic of "Optimisation of urban heat adaptation measures" and its publication in the Leipzig University Library in November 2022, Daniel Hertel has successfully completed his PhD project. This research work was largely supported by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) as part of a doctoral scholarship. In addition to Prof. Dr Johannes Quaas (University of Leipzig, Institute of Meteorology), Prof. Dr Uwe Schlink (UFZ, Leipzig) was the main supervisor.
Daniel Hertel's work focused on assigning causes to urban overheating. Based on micrometeorological simulations, the developed algorithm generates maps to identify the biophysical factors responsible for local overheating. As a result of the new attribution algorithm, recommendations for more effective and targeted adaptation measures could be developed.
Link to the dissertation
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".
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.