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Department of Spatial Planning
Research project

DFG-Projekt "DEKLIWA" - 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).