Growing and supporting a network to assess Germany’s vulnerability to climate change

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The "German strategy for adaptation to climate change" (DAS) aims at reducing Germany’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Following the strategy’s publication in 2008, and the release of an accompanying action plan in 2011, 2016 sees the release of the first Progress Report on the German Adaptation Strategy (in German). This required as it’s foundation a current, cross-sector analysis on the vulnerability of Germany to climate change.

As the leading partner of a scientific consortium, adelphi brought together a network of 16 higher federal authorities and institutions from nine departments to determine Germany’s climate change vulnerability. Together, the consortium members developed a methodology for the vulnerability analysis that could be applied in all the German adaptation strategy’s areas of activity. The specialised authorities connected via the network contributed their expertise, data, and models to the analysis. The adelphi-led consortium’s task was to develop methods and indicators, conduct the analysis, and to prepare the coordination with the network. In this way, 72 selected climate impacts were investigated for their spatial manifestations in the present and future using impact models, proxy indicators, and expert interviews, and their importance for Germany was assessed. Regional and thematic focal points of climate change in Germany were able to be identified.

The project represents a central component of the further development of the German Adaptation Strategy and of federal climate adaptation policy. In November 2015, the comprehensive Final Report of the Vulnerability Network was introduced in a joint press conference with the German Federal Environmental Ministry, the German Federal Environmental Agency, and the German Meteorological Service. It depicts the evaluation within and across sectors and explains the methodology used in detail. 

Publications of this project

  • Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf die menschliche Gesundheit. Ergebnisse des Netzwerks Vulnerabilität

    Schauser, Inke; Birgit Habedank, Hans-Guido Mücke, Carola Kuhn, Hildegard Niemann, Mareike Buth, Walter Kahlenborn, Stefan Greiving, Mark Fleischhauer, Stefan Schneiderbauer and Marc Zebisch 2015: Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf die menschliche Gesundheit. Ergebnisse des Netzwerks Vulnerabilität. In: Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (BfS), Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR), Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) und Umweltbundesamt (UBA) (Hrsg.): UMID Umwelt und Mensch – Informationsdienst 02/2015. Berlin: Umweltbundesamt, pp. 34-39.
  • Germany’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

    Buth, Mareike; Walter Kahlenborn, Jonas Savelsberg, Nina Becker, Philip Bubeck, Sibylle Kabisch, Christian Kind, Annkathrin Tempel, Franziska Tucci et al 2015: Germany’s Vulnerability to Climate Change. Dessau-Roßlau: Umweltbundesamt.
  • A consensus based vulnerability assessment to climate change in Germany

    Greiving, Stefan; Marc Zebisch, Stefan Schneiderbauer, Mark Fleischhauer, Christian Lindner, Johannes Lückenkötter, Mareike Buth, Walter Kahlenborn and Inke Schauser 2015: A consensus based vulnerability assessment to climate change in Germany. In: International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 7:3, S. 306-326.
  • Was leisten Klimamodelle für die Regionalplanung? – Ergebnisse eines Expertengesprächs im Rahmen des Netzwerks Vulnerabilität am 18.02.2013 beim Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain, Frankfurt/Main

    Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung (BMVBS) (Hrsg.) 2013: Was leisten Klimamodelle für die Regionalplanung?. Ergebnisse eines Expertengesprächs im Rahmen des Netzwerks Vulnerabilität am 18.02.2013 beim Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain, Frankfurt/Main. Berlin: Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung (BMVBS).