About US - Structure of the ZSK

In order to effectively counteract changing environ­mental conditions, the causes for climate change need to be reduced and emer­ging climate change effects res­ponded to in a preven­tive and inten­sive manner.

The ZSK brings together the topics of urban and land­scape plan­ning, archi­tecture, engineer­ing and ecology in ten sub­projects (six run­ning and four finished). The Centre aims to bring to­gether the wide range of skills in TUM’s natural science, social science and engineer­ing disci­plines as well as other Bavarian research insti­tutions for inter­disciplinary research approa­ches.

The ZSK is funded by the Bavarian Ministry of the Environ­ment and Consumer Protection (StMUV) and coor­dinated at the Technical University of Munich.

It is lead by Prof. Dr. S. Pauleit (Chair for Strate­gic Land­scape Plan­ning and Manage­ment) and Prof. Dr. T. Rötzer (Chair of Forest Growth and Yield Science).

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, klimate protective and climate adaptated 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?