German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS): Participative development and implementation of climate adaptation measures using the example of Berlin's Brunnenviertel as an innovative strategy in urban district development

- Completed project -

Project researchers

In the context of global climate change, extreme weather conditions such as heavy rainfall or long periods of heat are occurring more frequently than before. These have a negative impact on the quality of life of residents, especially in high-density urban areas. For municipalities, companies and private households, this will result in increasingly significant costs in the future, including damage repair, increased rates of sick days and rising insurance costs. Extensive climate change adaptation measures are needed to mitigate these consequences.

The project "KiezKlima" focuses on the neighborhood itself. The aim is to make the existing participatory structures in the Brunnenviertel-Brunnenstraße pilot project area (Berlin-Wedding) exemplary for climate adaptation measures and to implement initial structural measures. The project builds on the processes and strategies of the neighborhood management (QM) established since 2005. Climate change adaptation measures are developed, discussed, planned and implemented together with local residents and participants. Based on a comprehensive evaluation of the project processes and results, a guideline for action with transferable recommendations for other urban neighborhoods in Germany will be developed.

The project "KiezKlima" deals with central questions: What kind of participation is needed for the implementation of climate adaptation strategies at the neighborhood level? What form of address reaches the diversely oriented participants? Which specific climate adaptation measures can be derived, developed and implemented for the pilot area based on the current state of the local microclimate? Which findings are transferable to other neighborhoods?

The three-year model project (project period: October 2014 to September 2017) is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) within the framework of the "German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change" (DAS) and accompanied by the Project Management Jülich (PTJ). The project is carried out jointly by the Chair of Climatology of the TU Berlin, CQ Beratung+Bildung GmbH, L.I.S.T. GmbH and the subcontractors Bureau Baubotanik and EPC. It is supported financially and with personnel by degewo , the Bezirksamt Mitte and the Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt of Berlin. "KiezKlima" thus bundles the know-how and expertise of different actors from research, consulting, administration and neighborhood work.

The Chair of Climatology investigates the climatic conditions of the Brunnenviertel using existing data as well as measurements and numerical atmospheric modeling. In particular, the different spatial structures found in the Brunnenviertel are taken into account. The seasonal climatic conditions as well as their variations due to climatic extremes will be investigated in relation to the living conditions in the pilot project. Suitable measures to improve the local climatic conditions will be further identified and evaluated with regard to their effects.

Further information can be found on the KiezKlima website. The project flyer can be downloaded here.

Prof. Dr.

Dieter Scherer

Office AB 3


Ute Fehrenbach

former team member


Fred Meier

Office AB 3


Daniel Fenner