Adaptation to Climate Change through Spatial Planning: Basic Concepts, Strategies, Tools - KLIMAPAKT
Leading Organization:Academy for Spatial Research and PlanningLeibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional DevelopmentPostdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung, PIK)
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Leibniz Gemeinschaft, Academy for Spatial Research and Planning, Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development
The KLIMAPAKT project explores strategies and options of spatial planning to enhance climate change adaptation. Researchers from different disciplines, e.g. climate impact research, risk and vulnerability research or spatial planning science are cooperating in KLIMAPAKT in order to improve the knowledge base for spatial planning and climate change adaptation. In this regard also adaptation is linked to mitigation and vice versa. That means the project examines strategies in spatial and urban planning to reduce green house gas emissions, as well as to improve the adaptive capacity of spatial structures and spatial functions to adapt to extreme events and gradual climate change. Case studies considered are e.g., the region of Cologne, the region of Dresden and Uckermark-Barnim.
Based on regional climate models, impacts on rural and urban landscapes are investigated to conclude consequences on different types of land use. For the development of a useful set of indicators, a research of data sources is accomplished and existing indicator concepts are analysed and refined for this special purpose. Then, vulnerability as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation indicators for land use types are developed and tested in the case study areas. The possibility to combine adaptation measures with existing strategies and goals in spatial planning is investigated to detect new requirements of planning tools. Expert interviews in the case study areas are supposed to verify and complement the research results.
A key goal of the project is to establish a consolidated network of leading research institutions in the field of spatial planning and climate change. Furthermore, the project aims to inform also practitioners in spatial and urban planning. In this regard an internet platform has been developed that provides additional information about the project and other relevant activities in the field of spatial planning in the context of climate change.
- Demonstration of climate change impacts for urban and rural areas
- Indicator-based vulnerability analysis for different types of land use and different regions
- Analysis of options in spatial planning to promote adaptation to climate change
- Design of strategies for a climate change adapted spatial development
- Advancement of tools for spatial and environmental development
Project Status:Completed (2008-2010)