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Research proj­ect

ANFO - Strategy to Adapt to the Impact of Drought in Olfen

Project duration: 06/2020 to 05/2023


There has been an increasing number of prolonged dry periods in recent years. A lack of precipitation, a high number of sunshine hours, and dry winds impact the hydrologic balance and groundwater recharge, as well as, agriculture and vegetation. However, there are not many readily available approaches dealing with drought impacts in Germany. For that reason, a municipal lighthouse proj­ect is conducted in Olfen. Here, water resources are exposed to a number of use pressures, especially by agricultural uses, which account for about 60 percent of the town’s area.

The proj­ect objective is to identify and implement requirements and options to act on drought and its impacts in the rural town of Olfen. Thus, it is necessary to assess the con­se­quences of drought in a holistic, model-based manner through climate impact analysis and to derive an adaptation strategy and measures in cooperation with all affected stakeholders. These measures are to increase the resilience of the town to climate change and consequently promote sustainable and climate-friendly urban and landscape development.

Concluding the proj­ect, a module-based guideline on dealing with drought at the municipal level is going to be developed based on the experience gained in the town of Olfen. Considering the nationwide challenge of conducting climate impact analyses, strategy development, development of measures, and their implementation, this guideline is intended to guide replication throughout Germany.

Funding programme Funding of measures for the adaptation to climate change
Funding priority Municipal pioneering projects as well as development of local and regional cooperations (funding priority 3)
Funding-ID 67DAS185A
Project partner City of Olfen

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Location & approach

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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