The city of Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg are increasingly vulnerable to high urban-heat stress. As cities and urban centres continue to expand and evolve, they become focal points for both the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change, raising important questions for local adaptation and planning.
In Berlin and Brandenburg, we produced a high resolution (1 x 1 metre) heat stress model for the region, evaluating climate impacts on urban development plans codeveloped with local stakeholders.
Our results aim to provide policymakers with an understanding of future climate impacts in the region in detail and will help inform urban planning efforts. Residents in densely populated areas like Berlin already suffer from significant risks to human health from heat stress.
We are also working with stakeholders to assess existing capacity for climate adaptation and to formulate strategies to enhance these capacities, with the aim to make the region more resilient to climate challenges to come.
Evidence from Berlin makes the case for urban green spaces: up to 3°C cooler in a heatwave
As global temperatures continue to rise, the safety and well-being of citizens within urban environments becomes increasingly important. Our recent work in the Berlin-Brandenburg area on adaptation to heat stress hammers home some truths – greener is better.
Hitzestress und Anpassungsmaßnahmen in der Metropolregion Berlin-Brandenburg
Städte sind dabei besonders anfällig für Hitzestress. Deshalb betrachten wir in diesem Bericht die Folgen des Klimawandels auf die Metropolregion Berlin-Brandenburg, mit einem speziellen Fokus auf die Auswirkungen von Hitzestress und die Entwicklung von Anpassungsstrategien.
Climate risk dashboard
The Climate risk dashboard allows you to explore future impacts from climate change as the world warms.
Pick a geography, select one or several scenarios, and explore corresponding impacts. You can also look at how to avoid reaching undesirable climate impact levels in urban areas.
Understanding the climate impacts associated with temporarily overshooting 1.5°C
This project is working to develop the science around what the climate impacts of temporarily overshooting 1.5°C would mean for our climate.