Centre for Urban Ecology and Climate Adaptation (ZSK)


Structure of the Centre for Urban Ecology and Climate Adaptation

Since June 2013 the ZSK has combined the disciplines of city and landscape planning, architecture, engineering and ecology. The aim of the interdisciplinary team of scientists involved is to develop practical guidance for how cities and municipalities in Bavaria can use ecosystem services from urban green  infrastructure (e.g. shading, water storage and humidification) to adapt the sustainable city of the future to the consequences of climate change. Herein, synergistic effects will be considered so that flora and fauna can find refuge and long-term protection.

The following questions are considered:
  • How can architects, landscape planners and natural scientists work together productively on climate change adaptation?
  • What services can urban green space provide regarding climate change adaptation?
  • How can animals and plants threatened by climate change be protected in cities?
  • What role can different tree species provide for urban climate in the future?
  • How should large urban squares be designed in times of climate change?
  • Which synergy effects exist between humans, flora and fauna?

The ZSK is currently composed of six sub-projects led by scientists at the Technical University of Munich, the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and the Bavarian State Research Center for Viticulture and Horticulture (LWG).

Mitigation and Urban Green Infrastructure

Climate protection with the help of green infrastructure: How can climate change be countered and the resilience of Bavarian cities in terms of climate change be improved? This is explored through case studies in city quarters and consideration of the interaction of ecosystem services, energy savings of building and neighborhood levels as well as renewable energies.
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Application of the Animal-Aided Design Method

The function of cities as a retreat of many animal species is becoming even more important due to climate change. Animal-Aided Design deals with with the creation of suitable retreats for species in the context of climate change-oriented planning. This is investigated by using practical examples.
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City Trees II - City Trees under Climate Change

City trees are an integral part of urban open space.
Growth patterns, ecosystem services and the prospects of urban trees in times of climate change are the main issues of the City Trees II project.
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100Places:M - Public Places in Munich

How can public places look like in the future? Due to the investigation of 100 public places in Munich and the analysis of the interacting effects of climate change and heat island effect as well as design, use and appropriation of public places, this question will be examined within the framework of the project.
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Non-resident and Native Urban Tree Species

Urban climate trees are characterized by high climatic stress tolerance and a higher vitality. The aim of the project is to compare non-resident urban climate trees with their native counterparts in terms of arthropods diversity and vulnerability to pest infestation.
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Würzburg Climate Experience

Cities are characterized by a specific climate compared to their rural surroundings. Based on several sites within the city of Würzburg this project aims at uncovering in which way the climate of urban sites differs depending on urban greening (trees) and how urban trees change the climate of an urban site and vice versa. In this way, the relevance of trees for urban planning can be demonstrated. <<more>>