The impacts of climate change in Europe require an integration of adaptation and mitigation activities to support climate-neutral and risk-adjusted development. To this end, RD2 projects assess the risks and costs of climate change impacts and explore decarbonisation pathways and management scenarios for natural resource systems such as viticulture or forests on the continent across national borders.

Our Work in the Region

Assessing the risk of catastrophes and climate extremes is highly intertwined with estimating the direct and indirect costs of climate impacts. To bridge gaps between single sectors and nations on the way to a climate smart transformation, integrating adaptation and mitigation measures into robust solutions for planning and decision-making is needed. Trade-offs and synergies between different measures need to be discussed by all stakeholders.

In addition to manage these socio-economic transformation, natural systems need to be managed in a sustainable manner under climatic change. Resilient forest ecosystems set the foundation for sustainable forest products e.g. for building with engineered timber and maintaining key forests functions and services such as natural carbon sinks. Likewise, viticulture practices will change in the face of climate change and modelling different management scenarios will help informed decision-making.

Selected Ongoing Projects

  • 2050 CliMobCity 2050 Climate-friendly Mobility in Cities; funded by EU - European Union, 01.08.2019-31.07.2023, contact: Diego Rybski
  • BIOCLIMAPATHs  Assessing climate-led social-ecological impacts and opportunities for resilience pathways in the EU bioeconomy; funded by BMBF, PT DLR, 01.11.2019- 31.10.2021, contact: Prajal Pradhan
  • CASCADES RD2 CAScading Climate risks: towards ADaptive and resilient European Societies; funded by EU H2020, 01.09.2019- 31.08.2023, contact: Christopher Reyer
  • Clim4Vitis Climate change impacts for European viticulture: towards an integrated approach; funded by EU H2020, 01.09.2018-31.08.2021, contact: Thomas Kartschall
  • COACCH-RD2 CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs; funded by EU, H2020; 01.12.2017-30.05.2021; contact: Hermann Lotze-Campen, Benjamin Bodirsky
  • CROSSDRO Cross-sectoral impact assessment of droughts in complex European basins; Verbundprojekt AXIS: Sektorübergreifende Wirkungsanalyse von Trockenperioden in komplexen europäischen Flusseinzugsgebieten (CROSSDRO) – Teilprojekt 1: Dürrerisikoabschätzungen unter Klimawandelszenarien; funded by BMBF PT DLR, 01.09.2019-31.08.2022, contact: T. Contradt
  • CURE  Copernicus for Urban Resilience in Europe, funded by EU, H2020; 01.01.2020-31.12.2022, contact: Jürgen Kropp
  • GreenPlantFood Green technology for plant-based food; funded by Norwegian Research Council; 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2024; contact Benjamin Bodirsky
  • I-MAESTRO Innovative forest MAnagEment STrategies for a Resilient biOeconomy under climate change, BMEL, Joint call ForestValue - Innovating forest-based bioeconomy, 01.06.2019-30.05.2022, contact: Christopher Reyer/ Martin Gutsch
  • MAPPY  Multisectoral analysis of climate and land use change impacts on pollinators, plant diversity and crops yields; funded by BMBF PT DLR; 01.09.2019-31.08.2022; contact: Christoph Müller
  • ProgRAMM Proaktive Pflanzengesundheitliche Risikoanalyse durch Modellierung und Monitoring: Anpassung an langfristige Risiken durch klimasensitive Schadorganismen; funded by BMEL, 15.08.2018-14.10.2021, contact: Christoph Menz
  • SALBES Scenarios for Agricultural Landscapes’ Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; funded by BMBF, PT BLE, 01.05.2019-30.04.2022, contact: Tobias Conradt

Selected Finished Projects

Involved Working Groups (alphabetical order)