Research Area
"Environmental Risks in Urban and Regional Development"


Cross-Process Analysis of Vulnerabilities and Risks of Urban Regions with Respect to Climatic Factors and their Changes – Conceptualisation and Modelling

Given the exceptionally high vulnerabilities of cities and regions to climatic factors, a concept for extensive, integrated, and governance-oriented analysis of vulnerabilities and risks is being developed and operationalised using appropriate methods. The Free State of Saxony is the study site for testing the approach and its principal transferability. The project draws on findings from the projects REGKLAM, IWAS and SMARTeST. In methodological operationalisation, the impact model IVART (Integrated Spatial Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Tool) plays a key role, which is extended beyond the flood impacts hitherto represented for the simulation of other causal-effect interrelations. Suitable external model tools are also included through coupling. With regard to receptors, urban open spaces and rural land uses (e.g., damage to vegetation, above all in agriculture and forestry) are addressed in addition to the building stock so far focused on. The results are fed into the Saxony Vulnerability Study and will provide input for a novel web-based spatial decision support system (SDSS) (see project ZENON).


01/2013 - 12/2016


Dr. rer. nat. Marco Neubert
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