Currently running subprojects

Wuerzburg 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. 

Colorful Ribbons for our Cities in Times of Climate Change

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. 


The research project aims to close existing knowlege gaps in relation to the climatic effect and growth conditions of trees in containers as well as to properly plant new trees in containers for use as a sustainable urban climatic effective measure.
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Ecosystem Services of Urban Green

The design of public squares and city green is often driven by esthetics. However, climate change poses problems, the thermal comfort of humans is poor at sealed squares. With two modelling approaches, this project will analyse the ecosystem services of urban green and further quantifiy the effects of changes concerning climate and existing structures.

Redensification in the Context of Climate Change

Cities are most vulnerable to climate change. Redensification processes should be performed holistic, climate resilient and resource-conserving. With 3D-city models, simulation and visualisation methods will be developed, alleviating the evaluation of planning alternatives in municipal assessment processses. 

Animal Aided Design III - Monitoring and Evaluation

Within the framework of a research project - Animal-Aided Design - a strategy for climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation was tested in Munich. In the current project a success control is explored, whether animals can be included by the method AAD in planning up to the realization and a contribution can be made to the adaptation of climate sensitive areas to the consequences of climate change. 

Accompanying research "Climate-friendly construction - model project"

Climate protection plays an important role in today's building practice, guidelines contribute to the reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions of buildings. Climate adaptation, however, is hardly integrated into planning processes. This project is concerned with exploring the interactions and identifying synergies of planning measures to improve the micro- and macro-climate in cities (with buildings, green infrastructures) and strategies for rainwater and greywater harvesting.

Multifunctional infiltration throughts in urban areas

Cities are currently experiencing above-average growth. In metropolitan areas, there is often a lot of redensification, development of new building areas and reduction of inner-city green spaces. Climate change is also increasing the frequency, duration and intensity of extreme weather events. This poses great challenges for stormwater management. Vegetated above-ground infiltration swales are considered promising for the natural management of stormwater runoff in urban areas.