In Brief

The Center for Environmental Systems Research constitutes an important part of the environmental competency of the University of Kassel. It was founded in 1994 as the Scientific Center for Environmental Systems Research. Following the growing importance of the international orientation of most of its research, it was finally renamed Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR).
The Center focuses on environmental problems, in particular in the context of climate change and resource consumption. Systems orientation and the use of systems analysis tools characterize the Center’s approach to research questions. With these tools, the Center attempts to investigate the environment in a holistic way. Scientists with backgrounds in various natural and social sciences are working together, including those with expertise in hydrology, civil engineering, geo-ecology, informatics as well as psychology and economy. Research topics are climate impact research, sustainable land- and water management, life cycle analyses, environmental behavior, acceptance and sustainable consumption.