Centre for Climate Resilience
The past major flood events as well as the extremely dry and hot summers of the last few years have demonstrated that climate change and its consequences are also becoming increasingly relevant in Central Europe with strong impacts on people's lives. Despite diverse political efforts and a growing global awareness of the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, these emissions continue to rise without review. Climate change is considered one of the most severe global challenges facing humanity. Both our past and our present actions continue to exert significant influence on the climate and the living conditions of future generations.
Active, sustainable climate policy requires the development and implementation of specific adaptation strategies, especially as the irreversibility of the changes in climate and environment are already becoming apparent. In order to secure prosperity, health, economic performance, biodiversity and sustainable coexistence with the environment and within our society in the long term, we must become more resilient to the impacts of global climate change.
Achieving climate resilience, we need to reduce our vulnerabilities and strengthen the resilience and adaptive capacity to the impacts of climate change. Climate resilience must encompass a wide range, e.g. from ecosystems to human health and society, economy, politics and jurisdiction. Climate resilience hence requires a comprehensive transformation.
The aim of the Centre for Climate Resilience research is to develop scientific foundations as well as holistic and implementable strategies and applications at regional, national and international levels, thus showing options for adaptations to the inevitable consequences of climate change.
The University of Augsburg has founded a centre for climate resilience. Here, existing research focuses on climate change are supplemented by ten further professorships. The research will aim at developing holistic and implementable strategies for adapting to the inevitable consequences of climate change on a regional, national and international level.
The Rüdiger Kurt Bode-Stiftung is awarding the 2021 Water Resource Prize, endowed with 100,000 Euros, to Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann, Chair of Regional Climate and Hydrology at the University of Augsburg and Deputy Director of the Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environmental Research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the KIT Alpine Campus. The award ceremony took place online on Wednesday 16 June 2021 as part of the 11th Water Research Horizon Conference.
The research concept of the Centre for Climate Resilience is oriented towards the necessary inter- and transdisciplinarity of comprehensive climate resilience research and focuses on the interactions between humans, climate and the environment. It is composed of:
Natural science climate research
of the atmosphere, ecosystems as well as soil and water resources
Human geographic and sociological research
on climate change-induced socio-ecological transformations
Environmental health research
on the interactions between climate, environment and health, such as infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and their consequences
Health services research
on the creation of climate-resilient health systems
on how past societies dealt with climate- and environment-induced crises
Educational research and climate communication
Political science research
on climate policy and governance in multi-level systems
Research on the design of climate-resilient economic and financial systems
Legal research on crisis resilience.
Structure and integration into the university
The research of the Centre for Climate Resilience at the University of Augsburg is implemented in a cross-faculty and inter- and transdisciplinary manner with the participation of the Faculties of
- Applied Computer Science,
- Business and Economics,
- the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
- the Faculty of Philology and History
- as well as the Faculty of Law
and in close cooperation with the Environmental Science Center and the Resource Lab of the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Materials Engineering of the University of Augsburg.
The Centre for Climate Resilience can draw on existing structures and networks with national and international university alliances, non-university research institutions and federal and state authorities. Through scientific visibility and concerted public relations work, the Centre will perform a crucial overarching, socially relevant task by providing scientifically sound decision-making support for society, business and politics, thereby working towards a more climate-resilient future.
President Prof. Dr. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel
Vice-President Prof. Dr. Malte Peter
The existing disciplinary, interdisciplinary and international expertise in the field of climate resilience at the University of Augsburg will be complemented by a total of ten new professorships. Eight new professorships will be established through the High-Tech Agenda of Bavaria:
- University Professorship for Urban Climate Resilience
- University Professorship for Political Science with a Focus on Climate Policy
- University Professorship for Environmental Sociology with Focus on Socio-ecological Transformation, Resilience Design and Climate
- University Professorship for Resilient Operations
- University Professorship for Climate Resilience of Human-made Ecosystems
- University Professorship for Environmental Economics
- University Professorship for Public Law and Crisis Resilience
- University Professorship for Climate Finance
These will be extended by two further professorships within the framework of the research focus Environmental Health Sciences:
- University Professorship for Health System Resilience
- University Professorship for Climate Change and Global Health
Integration into Teaching
The Centre for Climate Resilience will enable the expansion of the already established Master's programs in Climate and Environmental Sciences, Geography, Environmental Ethics, Social Sciences (Conflicts in Politics and Society) and the pilot study programme in Medicine. The aim is also to establish a new interdisciplinary Master's program in "Climate Resilience". This will be accomplished in close cooperation with the new International Doctorate Program "Rethinking Environment - The Environmental Humanities and the Ecological Transformation of Society" within the framework of the Elite Network Bavaria.
board of directors
- Phone: +49 821 598-6424