Urban areas in global change
More and more people now live in cities – in Germany, over 70 percent of the population. By 2030, the global average will likely reach 60 percent. In this context, global climate change interacts with factors like more densely packed housing, urban green areas, traffic and air pollution – factors which at the same time shape the climate. These are supplemented by the impacts of sociodemographic change and the accompanying decline and transformation of urban structures. The goal is to provide quantitative analyses that show how urban spaces influence their surrounding climates, how urban and regional climates will develop in the future, and how society can best respond to urbanization. How can renewable energies be used efficiently, and how can focused urban planning help?