Department für Geographie




New article on the topic of urban heat stress vulnerability - Ludwigsburg

12.05.2021  Katzschner, A.

The BMBF funded project ZURES (‘Future-oriented Vulnerability and Risk Analysis as an Instrument to Support Urban Infrastructure Resilience (ZURES)’, during 2016-2019, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) assessed and analyzed heat stress risk and adaptation options in the two pilot cities Bonn and Ludwigsburg. The publication summarizes the research process as well as key findings of the project for the two cities.

The analysis of urban heat stress in Ludwigsburg ( is based on a household survey and reveals how and where different groups experience heat stress and how they assess their susceptibility and capacities to cope and adapt. Findings show significant linkages and correlations between socio-economic factors, heat vulnerability and capacities to respond. The analysis gives special emphasis to relationships between willingness to implement adaptive measures to reduce heat stress risks and risk perception and adaptive capacities. Particularly, the analysis of future adaptation options and the ability and willingness of different households to implement these provides new insights on the differential capacities to adapt and the need for tailor-made transformation programs.