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, natural scientists and sociologists work together productively on climate change adaptation and for the development climate protection and climate adaptation strategies?
  • What services can urban green space provide regarding climate change adaptation? How should it be planned and designed to effectively contribute to livable, climate protective and climate adapted cities?
  • How can animals and plants threatened by climate change be protected and fostered in cities?
  • How should large urban squares be designed in times of climate change?
  • What synergistic effects for humans, flora and fauna can be created by future urban planning?
  • What role can different tree species provide for urban climate in the future? Can urban trees of other climate regions of the earth be integrated in the cityscape and do those tree species provide similar ecosystem services?
  • Do tree species of other climate regions provide similar habitats than native tree species for the arboral fauna?
  • How can people be sensitized for the topics modern city planning, climate adaptation and ecosystem services?
Das Logo der Regina Bauer Stiftung als geschwungener Schriftzug des Namens.

The subprojects of the ZSK:

Mitigation and Urban Green Infrastructure

Ein Baum und seine Funktionen stehen im Mittelpunkt eines Schaubildes einer Stadt mit verschiedenen Gebäudetypen, Flora, Fauna, Menschen und Klima durch Sonne und Niederschlag.

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 at the building and neighbor­hood level as well as renewable energies.
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Application of the Animal-Aided Design Method

Das Schaubild von TP2 (Anwendung der Methode Animal-Aided Design). Der Lebenszyklus eines Rotkehlchens ist dargestellt. Mehrere Kreise symbolisieren die Jahresmonate und wann Brut & Aufzucht sowie Balz & Paarung erfolgen und wann ein Vogel adult ist. Ebenso sind Zeichnungen zweier Rotkehlchen und ein Nest abgebildet.

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 the creation of suitable retreats for species in the context of climate change-­oriented planning. This is investigated using practical examples.
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City Trees II - City Trees under Climate Change

Das Schaubild von TP3 (Stadtbäume im Klimawandel II). Dargestellt ist ein Liniendiagramm verschiedener, nicht benannter Umweltleistungen von Stadtbäumen über zunehmendes Alter sowie das Baumwachstum.

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 dealt with in the City Trees II project.
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100Places:M - Public Places in Munich

Das Schaubild des TP4 (100Places:M). Das Bild zeigt einen öffentlichen Platz in München; viele Menschen sitzen auf eienr Wiese umringt von Bäumen und Gebäuden. Neben dem Bild ist ein Orthofoto eines öffentlichen Platzes und ein Thermalbild eines Stadtbereichs abgebildet.

How can public places look in the future? Due to the inves­tigation of 100 public places in Munich and the ana­lysis of the interacting effects of climate change and the 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

Titelbild von TP5. Blätter eines Laubbaumes mit Frasschäden.

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 arthropod diversity and vulnera­bility to pest infes­tation.
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Würzburg Climate Experience

Das Titelbild des TP6 ("Klimaerlebnis Würzburg") zeigt ein Orthofoto der Stadt Würzburg mit der Lage der Untersuchungsstandorte im Stadtgebiet. Bäume gebenden Standort von Baummessstationen an und ein Thermometer den Standort von Wetterstationen. Auch das Gelände der Landesgartenschau ist markiert.

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. 
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Colorful Ribbons for our Cities in Times of Climate Change

Das Bild zeigt einen Blühstreifen in der Stadt entlang von Straßenbahnlinien. Eine bunte Vielfalt an Pflanzen ist sichtbar.

The stable growth of many cities and the in­creasing amount of soil sealing in rural areas change the land­scape and the habi­tats of many animal and plant species. The project therefore studies the bio­diversity of urban green, it's esthetic and spatial plan­ning tasks and it's function of climate regulation. 
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