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FReCom: Flood risk management and resilience building at community level in rapidly growing cities in China and Germany

Fachgebiet: Allgemeine Geographie, Geographische Gesellschaft-Umwelt-Forschung, Regionale Geographie, Stadtgeographie
Gefördert durch: Sino-German Center for Research Promotion

Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Matthias Garschagen, Dr. Liang Emlyn Yang
Projektwissenschaftler: Dr. Thomas Kox, Dr. Anne von Streit, M.Sc. Mia Wannewitz

Laufzeit: 01/2021 - 12/2023

Faced with an increasing frequency and intensity of urban flooding, current regimes of planning and risk reduction are being called into question, not only in Germany and China but in many other parts of the world as well. With further sprawl and densification of cities combined with unfolding climate change the challenges are only to get worse in the future. Forwarding-looking resilience building is hence of high urgency. 


Yet, scientific knowledge gaps remain in two key respects: First, while forward-looking assessments of urban risk typically focus on the projections of future hazards trends, valid tools to assess future trends in socio-economic exposure and vulnerability are largely lacking, particularly at the sub-city scale. Second, the debate around adaptation and resilience is still heavily concerned with conceptual wheel spinning while the scientific knowledge on practical solutions to build resilience is still limited, particularly at the local community scale. FReCom aims at tackling these two knowledge gaps through collaboration of two of the leading groups in this field. 


A series of joint meetings coupled with the exchange of core-researchers of both groups will facilitate cooperation towards five key aims: (1) development of a joint conceptual framework and methodological approach on future-oriented urban risk assessment and resilience evaluation science; (2) feasibility assessment workshops in Beijing and Munich to evaluate the proposed research agenda with scientific peers and non-scientific stakeholders against the German and Chinese contexts; (3) the publication of two keystone papers in high-ranking scientific outlets to present the developed research agenda; (4) joint development of at least one large-scale research grant proposal for conducting the suggested research at a larger scale (cross-cultural comparison of multiple cities); (5) joint supervision of ongoing PhD studies in both groups. In doing so, the project will promote long-term cooperation of two of the leading groups in the field of urban resilience science, thereby propelling the scientific field as a whole.

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