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Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Climate Geography

Urban Climate and Air Pollution Control

Within research priority Urban Climate and Air Pollution Control we are concerned with interactions between atmosphere and urban structures. We are particularly focussed on:

  • effects of urban structures (i.a. building structure, open spaces, traffic, residents' behaviour, surface sealing etc.) on climate and air quality
  • impacts of these structures on climate change and vice versa
  • challenges through and adaptabilities to climate change in urban space
  • spatial and temporal high-resolution modelling and visualisation of these processual relations

Please see current and completed research projects within Urban Climate and Air Pollution Control as listed below.

 

Current research projects

  • PAUT: "Patent Analysis of Urban Heat Island Mitigation Techniques in Germany" (Japan Patent Office, 2017-2018)

  • BIWi: "Bäume als Indikatoren für die urbane WärmeInsel" ("tree rings as indicators of the urban heat island") (DFG, 2016-2017)

  • [UC]²: "Urban Climate Under Change" Modules A-MOSAIK and B-3DO (BMBF, 2016-2019)
  • BLinK-HU"Blended Learning Klimageographie Humboldt-Universität" (Förderprogramm 2017 der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 'Digitale Medien in Forschung, Lehre und Studium', 2017-2018)
  • KliStap"Klimawandelanpassung in der Stadtplanung" ("climate change adaption in urban planning") - a web based learning tool for the highly complex interactions between urban climate and climate change (RWTH Aachen, Exzellenzinitiative, 2015; Förderprogramm 2017 der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 'Digitale Medien in Forschung, Lehre und Studium', 2017-2018)

 

Completed research projects

  • UCaHS"Urban Climate and Heat Stress in mid-latitude cities in view of climate change" - heat stress in inner spaces in Berlin's populous districts in view of climate change (DFG research group 1736, 2002-2017)

  • BMBF KLIMZUG"Klimawandel in Regionen zukunftsfähig gestalten, Innovationsnetzwerk Klimaanpassung Brandenburg Berlin" (INKA BB) (sustainably managing climate change in regions, innovation network climate adaption Brandenburg Berlin) (BMBF, 2008-2013)

  • Graduiertenkolleg 780: „Stadtökologische Perspektiven einer europäischen Metropole - das Beispiel Berlin“ ("urban ecological perspectives of a european metropolis - the example of Berlin") (DFG, 2012)
  • DFG priority programme 1233 Megacities-Megachallenge: DHAKA-INNOVATIVE
  • DFG-joint project with Stuttgart University and the German Weather Service (DWD) in Freiburg/Br.: Buenos Aires Research on Urban Climate and Air Quality (BARUCA) (DFG, 2007-2009)
  • Untersuchung der Oberflächentemperaturen ausgewählter Berliner Baukörperstrukturen mit einer Thermalbildkamera (study on surface structures with a thermal image camera in selected districts of Berlin) (2009)
  • Stadtökologische Untersuchungen in Buenos Aires zu Vegetations- und Bebauungsstruktur mit Fernerkundungsmethoden (urban ecological studies on vegetation- and building structure with remote sensing methods in Buenos Aires) (DAAD, PROALAR, NaFöG, 2005)
  • Stadtklima und Lufthygiene von Mendoza (Argentinien) (urban climate and air hygiene of Mendoza (Argentina)) (DFG-project MENDOCLIMA)
  • Stadtklima und Luftqualität der argentinischen Andenfußstadt Tucumán (urban climate and air hygiene of Argentine city Tucumán at the foot of the Andes") (DFG-project PROCUT)
  • Feinstaubfilterwirkung der Vegetation (fine particulate air filter-effect of vegetation) (Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Struktur)