Past Projects

SIECS - Smart and Intelligent Education and Climate Services (2014-2016)

SIECS will explore necessary contributions and market opportunities for elaborate, context specific and tangible representations of scientific climate information and their embedding into education and training tools that facilitate productive and consistent consideration in decision processes by regional and local authorities and their citizens. The product to be developed will close the gap between the existing climate service offerings and their potential users by delivering and integrating various media and training tools that are strongly orientated on the users’ demand. We strive to build a bridge between high quality research and the knowledge demands for concrete action. Partners are the Climate Media Factory, Alterra, Technical University Delft, International Synergies and German Technical Cooperation as advisor (funded by Climate-KIC)

Contact: B. Hezel, J. Kropp.

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Synergies – costs of adaptation and adaptive capacities in emerging and developing countries (2012-2015)

The protect targets at potential synergies and conflicts between climate protection and adaptation goals in industrialised and developing countries. The main issue is to identify these effects for countries of different development levels in order to develop tailor-made development plans which avoids carbon intensive and old-fashioned growth scenarios (funded by German Environmental Agency “UBA Deutschland”)

Contact: J. Kropp, F. Siabatto


PROGRESS - Potsdam Research Cluster on Georisk Analysis, Environmental Change and Sustainability (2009-2014)

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The research cluster is part of the ''Top Level Research and Innovation Programm'' of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and funded by approx. 11m Euros. The CCD group hosts the subproject ''Systemanalytical Approaches in Risk Assessment''. The project deals with a systematic analysis of city systems, criteria for risk resilient infrastructure, information transfer, and the development of new tools for decision making (financed by BMBF).


Contact: J. Kropp, A. Cantu Ros

ATLA - Adaptation Toolbox for Local Authorities (2013-2014)

ATLA is a pathfinder project to prepare the structuring of a climate adaptation services offer designed for addressing the specific needs of European local authorities. Sub national levels actors play a forefront role in implementing climate change adaptation strategies and actions. Besides, KIC partners potentially cover a wide range of services for climate adaptation that could answer the specific needs expressed by local actors. This pathfinder project aims at mapping these KIC partners’ resources and capabilities and especially those from challenge platforms, whose products and services could be relevant for local authorities. By mapping the current and future needs and existing services offer, this pathfinder project will allow the identification of the components of an innovative user friendly and transparent web toolbox for local authorities, that gathers products and services from KIC partners (funded by Climate-KIC).

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Contact: M. Wrobel, J. Kropp

MEDIATION - Methodology for Effective Decision-making on Impacts and Adaptation (finished in 2013)

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Assessment of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation requires a combination of generic and context-specific knowledge. Currently, the availability of such knowledge in Europe is fragmented and incomplete. MEDIATION addresses these challenges, e.g. by (i) a systematic analysis of the decision-making context; (ii) inventory, review and improvement of methods and metrics for impacts and vulnerability analysis; (iii) likewise for costing of impacts and adaptation options; (iv) development of an overarching integrated methodology; (v) development of a flexible, interactive common platform for knowledge sharing (funded by FRP7).


Contact: M. Wrobel, J. Kropp

ACA - Developing Action Plans against Climate Change in South East Asian Cities (finished in 2013)

Living in cities will become the preferable lifestyle in the 21st century. With regard to climate change cities are both (i) responsible for approx. 70% of all GHG emissions, and (ii) resilient with respect to environmental disaster like cyclones or floods. Therefore it is mandatory to develop strategies which can reconcile adaptation, climate protection and development (win-win-win concepts). The project will analyse structural feature of cities by parallel developing foresighted concepts in this regard.

Cities involved in India:

  • Corporation of Cochin/Kerala
  • Municipal Corporation of Madurai/Tamil Nadu
  • Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation/Andra Pradesh
  • Guntur Municipal Corporation/Andra Pradesh

Cities involved on the Philippines:

  • Baguio City/Benguet, Luzon
  • Dagupan City/Pangasinan, Luzon
  • San Fernando City/La Union, Luzon
  • Tuguegarao City/Cagayan, Luzon

The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Germany.

Contact: J. Kropp, D. Rybski

TransRisk - Transitions and Risks for Developing Countries (finalised - 2013)

Climate Impacts: Global & Regional Adaptation Support Platform (ci:grasp)

The vision of the project is to develop ideas and options how transitions for particular sectors and countries might look like. It is part of a project performed with German Technical Cooperation which develops tools and concepts for efficient adaptation in developing countries. Both part projects are improving and maintaining the Climate Impacts Platform (cf. above) (funded by BMU).

Contact: J. Kropp, D. Reusser, M. Wrobel

HYDERABAD - Megacities: Climate and Energy in a complex transition process towards Sustainability in Hyderabad (finalised - 2013)

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The Hyderabad project involves 11 German, Indian and International Partners. The objective of the project is to establish Hyderabad as a „Low Emission City in Asia“; it comprises the following components: (a) Designing a „Sustainable Development Framework“, which involves mitigation and adaptation strategies regarding climate change and the provision of energy; (b) Developing a „Perspective Action Plan“ towards conceptualizing relevant implementation strategies and (c) Initiating pilot projects, learning processes, institutions and governance structures, contributing to permanent behavioural changes (financed by BMBF).

Contact: M. Lüdeke, S. Schubert

AdaptCosts – costs of adaptation and adaptive capacities in emerging and developing countries (finalised 2012)

This project, conducted together with Germanwatch, primarily aims at analyzing the costs of adaptation in selected important emerging and developing countries. The project addresses three main questions: (i) Which financial resources are necessary in the selected countries to adapt to climate change? (ii) Which financial resources are already planned and budgeted in national adaptation plans of the selected countries? (iii) What are the financial and institutional adaptive capacities of the selected countries? (funded by German Environmental Agency “UBA Deutschland”)

Contact: J. Kropp, L. Costa

RIVAS - Regional Integrated Vulnerability Assessment for Austria (finalised - 2012)

The project responds to both the explicit call for improved vulnerability studies on the sub-national and regional level and to an urgent need for knowledge on regional vulnerabilities in Austria. The project will pursue three closely interlinked main lines of activities: (i) the preparation of a transferable conceptual, methodological and procedural framework for regional vulnerability assessment, (ii) the application of the participatory vulnerability assessment concept in an Austrian pilot region (Pinzgau-Pongau); and (iii) the evaluation of test results and stakeholder process performance. (funded by the Environmental Agency of Austria).

Contact: J. Kropp, N. Rudolf

KIBEX: Critical Infrastructure, and climate change related extreme events (finalised - 2012)

Infrastructure and population are most affected by climate extremes. In so far it is the aim of the project to describe systematically how infrastructure and population might be affected and which components of the social and physical system part have to be considered for a risk assessment (financed by Minstry of the Interior).

Contact: J. Kropp

BaltCICA - Climate Change: Impacts, Costs and Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region (finalised - 2012)

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The project aims to estimate costs for adaptation actions and climate related damages for several coastal communities in the Baltic sea catchment. Central element of the project is an impact model intercomparison for models estimating impacts of sea-level rise (financed by INTERREG BSR).

Contact: J. Kropp, D. Rybski

ESPON Climate - Climate Change and territorial effects on regions and local economies in Europe (finalised - 2011)

The European planning and observation network is set up to support policy development and to build a European scientific community in the field of territorial development. In this context climate change play increasingly an important role. The project goes beyond problem descriptions, but addresses potential implications that climate change can have on territorial development. By analysing different European regions, its vulnerability, and adaptation options in more detail, e.g. for North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany, the European Alps, the Mediterranean coastal region in Spain, or the Tizia river catchment in SE Europe the challenges for the regions will be examined (financed by European Union structural funds).

Contact: J. Kropp, A. Holsten

ENSURE - Enhancing resilience of communities and territories facing natural and na-tech hazards (finalised - 2011)

The project attempts to develop a new methodological framework for an integrated Multi-Scale Vulnerability Assessment, based on comprehensive, integrated and inter-disciplinary understanding of how adaptation strategies can be improved in the future in order to reduce losses, economic damages and social discomfort of communities exposed to natural hazards and potential consequences of climate change (financed by EU 7FRP).

Contact: J. Kropp, L. Costa

CI:grasp - Climate Impacts: Global & Regional Adaptation Support Platform (finalised - 2011)

CI:grasp Website

CI:grasp aims to provide a sound information basis for decision makers and development experts in third world countries. By doing this, existing and newly generated information will be processed adequately and supplied by utilization of modern web and mapping technologies. It is the aim of the project to perform this on a local scale and in addition combine top-down and bottom-up approaches. Central element is a layered and accessible platform providing knowledge about regional climate forcings, its related impacts, and systematic regional vulnerability assessments. A major advantage of the platform is that it integrates adaptation expertise. Parallel systematization and assessment of this information should open the way towards a more formalized adaptation research. CI:grasp performs local case studies in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Tunisia, and South-Africa (financed by BMU).

Contact: J. Kropp, N. Rudolf

Archetypes - Patterns of Vulnerability (finalised 2011)

The aim of this project is to explore the possibilities to develop a methodology for the quantitative analysis of archetypes of vulnerability. Quantification is done by using indicators from the MNP GISMO model and the IMAGE framework. Such an approach paves the roads towards a comprehensive Global Change vulnerability assessment. The impacts of different policy interventions on the vulnerability of people are also analyzed (financed by MNP/Netherlands).

Contact: M. Lüdeke

WAKE III - Climate Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation Strategies in European Focus Regions (finalised - 2010)

The policy oriented project addresses the challenge of adaptation to climate change in sensitive regions in Europe by assessing needs, barriers and drivers of adaptation. In 2007 and 2008 the project focussed on the impacts of climate change on water availability in the European Alps and potential adaptation strategies. Vulnerability and adaptation options are analyzed in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders and decision makers. In 2009 a guideline for regional adaptation will be developed (financed by EEA/UBA).

Contact: N. Rudolf

Adaptation aux Changements Climatiques au Maroc (ACCMA - finalised 2010)

Morocco is one of the countries in northern Africa which is already and will be particularly affected by adverse effects of climate change. In parallel several provinces have defined ambitious (economic) growth targets (extension and development of touristic resorts) which may lead several regions to its ecological limits (e.g. with regard to water resources). It is the goal of the project to estimate the action leeways, support educating and sustainable decision making in the provinces Nador and Berkane (financed by IDRC/DIFID).

Contact: J. Kropp, N. Rudolf

Saxony-Anhalt Climate Change Study (LSA - finalised 2010)

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The study focused on climate change effects in the natural sphere (e.g. foresty, phenology, water, etc.). Possible changes were estimated and assessed. The were based on three different scenarios and two different models (financed by MLU).

Contact: J. Kropp, N. Rudolf

North Rhine-Westphalia Vulnerability & Adaptation Study (NRWII - finalised 2009)

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North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populated state of Germany. The study estimates on a small-scale level (municipality level and below) the vulnerability for seven different sectors (agriculture, forestry, environmental protection, hydrology including energy, human health,  tourism and city planning) to climate change. Based on the results adaptation options for these sectors are identified (financed by MUNLV). Find more information on our German page.

Contact: J. Kropp, A. Holsten

Applied multi Risk Mapping of Natural Hazards for Impact Assessment (ARMONIA, finished 2007)

ARMONIA provided the EU with a set of harmonised methodologies for producing integrated risk maps to achieve more effective spatial planning procedures in areas prone to natural disasters in Europe (financed by EU FRP6).

Contact: J. Kropp, N. Rudolf

Developing Policies & Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region (ASTRA, finished 2007)


ASTRA assessed regional impacts of the ongoing global change in climate and developed strategies and policies for climate change adaptation. The project addressed threats arising from climate change in the region, such as extreme temperatures, droughts, forest fires, storm surges, winter storms and floods. In order to elaborate adaptation and mitigation strategies regional and local spatial planners and stakeholders were involved throughout the project lifetime. The project was awarded with the Amber Tree Award by the INTERREG office for its foresighted vision (financed by INTERREG BSR)

Contact: J. Kropp, N. Rudolf

Common European Strategy for sustainable natural and induced technological hazard mitigation (SCENARIO, finished 2007)

The aim of the Scenario project, financed under the Strategic Support Action of the EU Commission, was to provide ideas regarding the potential threats menacing Europe in the future, particularly in the field of natural and na-tech hazards, and about how communities’ exposure and vulnerability will contribute to shape and change future risks (financed by EU 6FRP).

Contact: J. Kropp, N. Rudolf

Scaling and Extreme Value Analysis of Hydrometeorological Time Series Data (SCALING, finished 2005)

The project developed new statistical methods for extreme value assessment and detection of correlation in finite and non-stationary data series. The newly developed techniques were tested with hydrologist from water management boards and implemented into practice (financed by BMBF).

Contact: J. Kropp, D. Rybski

Urban Sprawl: European Patterns, Environmental Degradation and Sustainable Development (URBS PANDENS, finished 2005)

URBS PANDENS provides  an integrated impact assessment of regulations, incentives, economic instruments and infrastructure measures on urban sprawl. Within the project several policies as imposed by European, national and regional agencies were  investigated and options for improvement were developed (financed by EU 6FRP).

Contact: M. Lüdeke


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