In recent years, the increase in dry periods has been clearly noticeable. However, there are only a few concrete approaches in Germany to adapt to this extreme weather. To develop suitable measures, a municipal ‘s lighthouse project Strategy to Adapt to the Impact of Drought in Olfen (ANFO) develops adaptation measures in the city of Olfen. Low precipitation, long sunshine duration, and dry winds affect several fields of action addressed in the project. These fields of action include agriculture, forestry, water management and inner-city consequences on construction and green space management.
The team is currently finalising climate impact chains which are the basis for a climate impact analysis for the city of Olfen. The online workshop on 23rd November 2020 aimed to validate current results, compare them with their concrete manifestations in Olfen, select suitable indicators, and reflect the effects in a climate impact assessment. Since the ongoing pandemic does not allow in-person meetings, the workshop was held as an online event via Zoom. Survey and whiteboard functions were used to ensure the interactive experiences of the workshop.
Participants with different expertise joined to cover a wide range of fields of action. The group of seven experts enabled effective discussions with employees from the NRW Chamber of Agriculture, the NRW State Environmental Agency, the District of Coesfeld, Schloss Sandfort, and a local tree and a plant nursery. With the digital workshop tools, indicators for the individual drought impacts were collected, and the relevance of each impact was highlighted. Many helpful inputs were given, especially in the intersectoral field of action of construction and green space management.
The validation workshop provides a basis for the GIS-based climate impact analysis, which will model the consequences of drought. Based on this, requirements for action will be identified and discussed in a further workshop in summer 2021. The overall project objectives are to identify the requirements and possible actions for dealing with drought in the small rural town of Olfen and to develop a general guideline for dealing with the impact of drought at the municipal level.
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The TU Dortmund campus is located near the Dortmund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Campus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße makes sense. If you turn from Baroper Straße into August-Schmidt Straße, you have the possibility to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.
The South Campus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Campus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dortmund-Hombruch district and Dortmund downtown.
From Dortmund-Eichlinghofen, the South Campus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Campus is served by the Campus Süd stop.
A connection to Campus North is also provided via the H-Bahn. Line 2 shuttles between Campus North and Campus South every 5 minutes.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.
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