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Research project

DFG-Projekt - Impact of Demographic Change on the Sensitivity of Cities with regard to Climate Change

Project duration: 02/2015 to 07/2018

The project provides an analysis of impacts of the main features of demographic change (e.g. aging, shrinkage, and heterogeneity of the population) on the sensitivity of different types of urban structures with respect to climatic changes.

The main focus of the project is the analysis of the influence of demographic change on the sensitivity of cities that facing consequences of a changing climate. To address this focus, the project seeks to answer the following questions:

  • What influence do specific urban climate or city structural factors have on the impact of climate change?
  • How does the demographic change alter the importance of sensitivity compared to the importance of the climatic signals that emerge over time and in relation to different types of cities?
  • What are the challenges that will emerge for adaptive planning for different types of cities?

In answering these questions, the project utilizes an integrated methodology to estimate the impact of the two mega-trends: climate change and demographic change. This provides support for evidence-based strategies for land use planning under uncertainty.

The project is supported and coordinated by two doctoral students from the Department of Spatial Planning and Planning Theory and from the Institute of Spatial Planning (IRPUD).



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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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