Research areas in Germany

Urban Climate Under Change [UC]²

Modul B - Sub-project 1: Coordination of the research programme and Module B, evaluation and scientific application of the urban climate model PALM-4U

In sub-project 1, existing long-term observations will be continued, a „Berlin data portal„ freely accessible to science and public will be developed and sensitivity studies will be carried out using PALM-4U simulations. Objectives are also general and application-specific model evaluation as well as scientific city and regional climate studies.

Urban Climate Under Change - Stadtklima im Wandel
Urban Climate Under Change

Berlin and surroundings

DFG Research Unit 1736
Urban Climate and Heat Stress in mid-latitude cities in view of climate change (UCaHS)

The DFG Research Unit addresses the scientific questions related to heat stress in mid-latitude cities by a multi- and interdisciplinary approach involving climatologists, urban geographers and hydrologists, physicians, architects, physicists and engineers, urban planners and social scientists.

Mean radiant temperature simulated with SOLWEIG
Mean radiant temperature simulated with SOLWEIG

“Heat waves in Berlin, Germany – Urban climate modifications“

The DFG funded research project “Heat waves in Berlin, Germany – Urban climate modifications“ (“HeatWaves”) aims at investigating how urban structures modify regional heat waves, both spatially and temporally. A central goal will be to understand which processes lead to such modifications.

Heat waves in Berlin
Different city structures in Berlin

Parcipitative development and implementation of climate adaptation measures in the Brunnenviertel in Berlin-Wedding (KiezKlima)

The project focuses on the Brunnenviertel in Berlin-Wedding as a pilot area for climate adaptation measures using participatory structures.

Pilot area Brunnenviertel
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Urban climate observation network Berlin

Since more than 25 years our research group is operating an urban climate observation network in Berlin. Within the research unit "Urban Climate and Heat Stress" (UCaHS) the network was extended and harmonized.

Messnetz Stationskarte
Urban climate observation network Berlin

Nocturnal cooling in urban areas of Berlin

In spring 2007 an experiment was carried out for validating the hypothesis that nocturnal cooling is significantly caused by vertical mixing of air masses.

Nocturnal Cooling
Nocturnal Cooling

Thermal IR remote sensing

Measurements of surface temperatures of walls, roofs, plant canopies, waters, streets and further urban surface types.

Thermal IR remote sensing

Ammonia dispersion in a chicken farm at Storkow (finished)

Station Storkow

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Research areas in other parts of Germany

Freiburg and Southwestern Germany

Regional Climate Analysis of the Southern Upper-Rhine Region (REKLISO)

Automated analysis and assessment of climate and air-quality aspects for regional planning purposes.

Messnetz Stationskarte
Freiburg and Southwestern Germany

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Research areas in Switzerland

Basel and NW Switzerland

CAMPAS (finished)

Basel und Nordwestschweiz
Basel and NW Switzerland

KABA (finished)

Messnetz Stationskarte
Basel and NW Switzerland

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Postal address:

Fachgebiet Klimatologie
Institut für Ökologie
TU Berlin
Rothenburgstraße 12
D-12165 Berlin



Elke Thiessenhusen

room: AB1-110
opening hours:
Monday - Thursday
9am - 2pm
Tel: +49-(0)30-314-73195
Fax: +49-(0)30-314-71355