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.