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Research proj­ect

MOVE - Methods for the Improvement of Vulnerability Assessment in Europe

Project duration: 09/2008 to 08/2011


Both the heatwave of 2003 in Europe and Hurricane Katrina on the US Gulf coast in 2005 dramatically revealed that developed coun­tries are far from immune from the worst ef­fects of natural hazards. Under conditions of global environmental change it is expected that Europe will face increases in the intensity and frequency of extreme natural events. In addition to this, growing urbanisation of hazardous areas, high levels of dependency on critical infra­structure and the increasing vulnerability of particular social groups point to an urgent need to improve our knowledge on vulnerability in Europe.

Although it is widely acknowledged that the reduction and measurement of vulnerability are im­por­tant tasks the concept of vulnerability remains relatively unclear and under-researched. In addition to that, there is a lack of a common ground between different disciplines and schools of thought regarding the concepts approaching vulnerability. Evident is also the lack of a common frame­work for the definition and measurement of vulnerability with regard to its physical, social, economic, environmental, cultural and institutional nature.

The overall objective of MOVE is to provide policy makers, public administrators, researchers, educators and other stakeholders with an improved generic frame­work and methodology for the measurement and assessment of vulnerability to natural hazards in Europe's regions. It will employ an integrated, comprehensive approach that will help to guide decision making in the fu­ture.

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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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