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Planning and Environmental Adaptations

The conditions of land use has altered due to political-economic, demographic and social changes, which occurred as a result of climate change. This leads to qualitative and quantitative changes of land uses, some which overstrain and some which relieve the environment. Therefore, competition between different land uses is increasing, for example concerning food production, renewable energy and conservation. In light of this, topics which are subject of the research cluster include frameworks for environmentally-friendly and sustainable land use or those which have to be created and applied.

On the one hand a number of environmental objectives/goals of land use (e.g. biodiversity conservation, reduction of land consumption, creation of retention areas, and river restoration, sustainable management of spatial development for renewable energies) have not been achieved so far, neither national nor global.
On the other hand the impact of the described processes of change and possible adaptation options are already part of the present discussions. However, an integrated view on such adaptation strategies and the inclusion of an appropriately broad catalog of goals has just started.

As the impacts and the adaptation strategies to new demands clearly vary regionally, there is a need to develop strategies of environmental planning at different scales (river basin, regional planning areas, agricultural areas, etc.). The required methods of impact analysis and evaluation of adaptation strategies are available as individual modules and can be applied to sectoral issues. However, they need to be further developed in terms of "Integrated Assessments".

Cluster Objectives

1. (Further) development

  • of interdisciplinary environmental planning methods in order to estimate design options and adaptation strategies for the land use consequences of global change. Impact analysis to reach multiple and conflicting objectives and goals have an important role.
  • of integrated assessment and adaptation strategies, as well as
  • of important governance structures for this.

2. To systematically develop the recognition of the TU Berlin in the discussion on adaptation strategies in the context of climate change on a national and international level

3. Systematic integration of relevant skills within and outside the TU Berlin

4. Development and expansion of experience for the integrated analysis and evaluation. Preparation and submission of a number of relevant research projects.

In parallel, strengthening:

  • Young talents and professionals,
  • DFG application's ability for topics related to the research cluster.

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