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The association

In order to effectively counteract changing environmental conditions, both the causes for climate change need to be reduced and emerging climate change effects responded to in a preventive and intensive manner.

Since June 2013 the ZSK has combined the disciplines of city and landscape planning, architecture, engineering and ecology. The aim of the interdisciplinary team of scientists involved is to develop practical guidance for how cities and municipalities in Bavaria can use eco­system services from urban green  infrastructure (e.g. shading, water storage and humidification) to adapt the sustainable city of the future to the consequences of climate change. Herein, synergistic effects will be considered so that flora and fauna can find refuge and long-­term protection.

The following questions are considered:

  • How can architects, landscape planners, natural scientists and sociologists work together productively on climate change adaptation and for the development climate protection and climate adaptation strategies?
  • What services can urban green space provide regarding climate change adaptation? How should it be planned and designed to effectively contribute to livable, klimate protective and climate adaptated cities?
  • How can animals and plants threatened by climate change be protected and fostered in cities?
  • How should large urban squares be designed in times of climate change?
  • What synergistic effects for humans, flora and fauna can be created by future urban planning?
  • What role can different tree species provide for urban climate in the future? Can urban trees of other climate regions of the earth be integrated in the cityscape and do those tree species provide similar ecosystem services?
  • Do tree species of other climate regions provide similar habitats than native tree species for the arboral fauna?
  • How can people be sensitized for the topics modern city planning, climate adaptation and ecosystem services?

The ZSK brings together the topics of urban and landscape planning, architecture, engineering and ecology in seven subprojects (six run­ning and one finished). The Centre aims to bring together the wide range of skills in TUM’s natural science, social science and engi­ne­er­ing disciplines as well as other Bavarian research institutions for interdisciplinary research approaches.

The ZSK is funded by the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection (StMUV) and coordinated at the Technical Uni­versity of Munich. It is lead by Prof. Dr. S. Pauleit (Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management) and Prof. Dr. T. Rötzer (Chair of Forest Growth and Yield Science).

For more information about our centre and sub-projects please have a look at our website www.zsk.tum.de.


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Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection