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Research project

Evolving Regions - Implementation of Regional Climate-Adaptation-Processes in NRW and the Netherlands in Form of Road-map Procedures and Regional Climate-Impact-Analyses

Project duration: 07/2019 to 03/2023

Climate change is already affecting North Rhine-Westphalia today. Although the relevance of climate adaptation measures is becoming increasingly clear, obstacles to their implementation can still be identified at local and regional level. The main objective of Evolving Regions is therefore to promote innovative approaches to the implementation and long-term realisation of strategies to increase climate resilience and adaptation at regional level, involving all relevant stakeholders. Climate adaptation and climate resilience are to be established as cross-cutting issues in the fields of urban planning, buildings and infrastructure as well as resource management in NRW by establishing inter-communal cooperation (mainstreaming).

Within the context of Evolving Regions, the IRPUD is particularly responsible for the preparation of climate impact analyses, which are integrated into the roadmap process. First, the state of research on current and expected characteristics of relevant climate signals in NRW will be summarised in the form of fact sheets. In the further course of the project, climatic data for each region will be merged with the sensitivity of the area within the framework of regional climate impact analyses in order to identify spatial priorities for action. A standardised procedure will be developed for the climate impact analyses in order to be able to compare the results between the regions and making the methodology applicable for other regions outside of this project. Within the roadmap process, thematic fields will be identified in the regions and will be discussed on the basis of detailed analyses from the IRPUD.

3 overall goals

  • Improving the resilience of the participating regions to the effects of climate change
  • The integration of cross-sectoral topics of climate adaptation into local and regional planning processes
  • Supporting the development of skills and capacity in the regions through a networking process and the development of a consultant market for climate adaptation

Sub-goals of the IRPUD

  • Conducting regional climate impact analyses in three steps
    • Descriptive analysis of relevant climate signals for NRW
    • Standardised climate impact analysis
    • Topic-specific detailed analyses
  • Applying the method of parallel modelling
    • Current and future climatic situation
    • Current and future demographic situation
  • Integrating the climate impact analyses into the roadmap process


  • The project is funded by the EU-environmental programme LIFE and cofinanced by the MULNV NRW.
  • Cooperation: Sozialforschungsstelle (SFS/TU Dortmund, Verbundkoordination), Bildungszentrum für die Ver- und Entsorgungswirtschaft (BEW), Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik (DIFU), Prognos AG, Universität Twente, ZDF Digital
  • Regions: Wesel, Steinfurt, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Soest, West-Overijssel/ Ijssel Vechtdelta, Minden-Lübbecke, Coesfeld, Lippe



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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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