Resilience and Climate Adaptation
In July 2021, heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. At least 180 people died. Local infrastructure was also severely damaged. Climate change is increasing the frequency of heavy rainfall events, which is associated with a higher risk of flooding.
The research project KAHR (Climate Adaptation, Flood, Resilience) - funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - aims to provide scientific support and advice on the processes of reconstruction in the aftermath of the flood disaster. Within the research project approaches for resilient and climate-adapted development will be identified and guiding principles for a resilient reconstruction will be advanced.
These are our tasks:
- Analysis of building damages in flood areas
- Decision system for structural flood protection measures
- Information and advice events with the KAHR-Infomobil
- Survey to determine the information needs for self precaution and the flood risk awareness of the population
- Development of a concept for risk communication and development of new information materials
- Knowledge transfer and networking between science, municipalities and communities
The project is coordinated by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörn Birkmann (Institute for Regional Planning and Development at the University of Stuttgart) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Schüttrumpf (Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management at the RWTH Aachen).
Project and network partner:
- Lehrstuhl und Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft, RWTH Aachen
- Institut für Raumordnung und Entwicklungsplanung, Universität Stuttgart
- Institut für Umweltwissenschaften und Geographie, Universität Potsdam
- Hochschule Koblenz
- Fachgebiet Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft, Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität Kaiserslautern-Landau
- IQIB – Institut für qualifizierende Innovationsforschung und -beratung
- Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung
- Helmholtz Zentrum Potsdam
- Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik
- Wasserverband Eifel-Rur
- HochwasserKompetenzCentrum e.V.
- TU Dortmund
- Landkreis Ahrweiler
For more information about the project, visit www.hochwasser-kahr.de/.
In January 2023, Antonia Hippel successfully completed her project work as part of her studies at the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Technical Hydromechanics at the TU Dresden and in cooperation with the HKC. The work within the KAHR project deals with the derivation of private flood prevention measures on buildings based on two-dimensional, hydrodynamic-numerical models. HKC will continue to work with the results of this work in the KAHR project.
We thank HKC for the great cooperation and are looking forward to support her diploma thesis together with the TU Dresden afterwards.
Awareness of the risk posed by floods is the fundamental element for taking correct and fast action in hazardous situations. Raising awareness is particularly effective if it starts as early as possible, for example in childhood.
For this reason, the HKC organized a children's workshop on flood prevention in February 2023 as part of the KAHR project together with the Technical University of Dortmund, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe and SkF Hochwasserhilfen. The twelve children from the third and fourth school years first learned about various precautionary measures in a playful way, including the emergency kit, before they were allowed to get active themselves and design flood-proof houses. The workshop was rounded off with a guided tour of the KAHR Infomobile exhibition and a certificate award ceremony for the newly qualified flood prevention professionals!
The workshop showed: Children are already very interested in floods and ways to protect themselves from the danger. In the creative tasks, they proved that their solutions are at least as useful as those of the adults. The feedback, both from the children and from the organizers, proved to be very positive throughout and indicates a need for an expansion of child-oriented flood protection formats.
On November 23, a communication workshop for the Infomobile supervisors took place at the HKC office. The aim was to develop a strategy of advisory services with the help of the question "What do we want to communicate, with whom and how?
In an open round, the 15 participants discussed the current state of Infomobile counseling, their wishes for the future and possibilities for further developing counseling at the Infomobiles with the help of a SWOT analysis. For the communication goals that were developed, measures for implementation were then worked out, which were as diverse as the participants and ranged from further mobile counseling services to regular training sessions on specific Infomobile topics to expansions of the Infomobile equipment. Consideration is now being given to which of the measures can be usefully implemented in the short, medium and long term.
The communication training was a great success, both as an opportunity for the Infomobil advisors to exchange experiences and for the further development of the Infomobils! We plan to hold more workshops of this kind in the future!
KAHR Infomobil - Map of Events 2023
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