Boundary-layer fluxes, urban systems, flash floods, and wind energy

Autos in MexicoFoto: Stefan Emeis

The scientific efforts of the group "Urban and eco-climatology" focusses on spatial and temporal scale interactions within and between natural and man-made ecosystems and the atmosphere: exchange processes with the biosphere, urban climate, flash floods, and meteorological basics for the conversion of the kinetic energy of the wind into electrical energy.

The urban research of the group is linked to Topic 5 "Urban Systems and Material Flow Management" in the KIT "Centre Climate and Environment" .

This research is further embedded into the KIT Urban Research, which is even broader and more inter-disciplinary than the work with the KIT Centre Climate and Environment. KIT Urban Research is part of the Helmholtz Urban research Initiative.

The group's work fits to the programme-orientiented funding of the Helmholtz Association (PoF IV). Here, it refers to the programme "Changing Earth - Sustaining our Future", and within this to Topic 1 "The Atmosphere in Global Change". Therein it contributes to the subtopics "air quality" and "extreme events". Additionally, there are strong interrelations to the cross-cutting activity "Regional clinate change (REKLIM)".

All this work fits into the roof programme on urban research in the framework of the German governmental sustainability research funded by the BMBF