Translated title: Climate Resilient Urban Development: Increasing Heat Stress in Large and Medium-Sized German Cities
The negative consequences for health caused by heat stress are an increasing risk of climate change in German (large) cities. As a result, "heat days" will occur more frequently in the future. The heat tends to accumulate in cities, especially where green areas and air corridors are lacking and a high degree of sealing occurs.
Many German cities are not yet sufficiently prepared to deal with heat hazards. However, the pressure to act has risen in view of the increased proportion of vulnerable population groups, in particular older people.
Under the direction of the University of Potsdam, the project "Urban resilience to extreme weather events - typologies and transfer of adaptation strategies in small cities and medium-sized towns" (short: ExTrass) is investigating and testing innovative approaches to urban planning and risk communication with the aim of increasing the resilience of medium-sized and large towns. The project consists of a consortium with the Leibniz Institute for Spatial Social Research (IRS) and adelphi, as well as Johanniter and the cities of Potsdam, Remscheid, and Würzburg.