WG Climate adaptation strategies

Director of the Working group: Prof. Dr. Matthias Gaßmann


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Urban change as an untapped opportunity for climate adaptation

The way a city is designed has a huge impact on the urban climate. Without careful planning, cities can experience problems such as Urban Heat Island Intensification, as well as strong and turbulent winds in some areas and stagnant air in others. These can affect the safety, health and well-being of city dwellers.
Climate change also affects agriculture in many ways. Weather and climate conditions affect the availability of water needed for irrigation, livestock watering practices, processing of agricultural products, and transport and storage conditions. There are opportunities for implementing a wide range of existing measures at farm level. Primarily, these measures aim to improve soil and water management, which can bring environmental and economic benefits.

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