CliSAP successfully finished in 2018. Climate research continues in the Cluster of Excellence "CLICCS".
Beate Ratter

Prof. Dr. Beate Ratter

Principal Investigator (external funding)


Universität Hamburg, Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN)
Institute of Geography
Room 720/22
Bundesstraße 55
20146 Hamburg

+49 40 42838 5225
+49 40 42838 4981

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Research interests

Human/Nature-Interaction, regional-cultural perceptions of nature and risk, coastal research and small islands, natural hazard and climate research, theory of complexity, resilience and emergence in socio-ecological systems

CliSAP Publications

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  • Ratter, B. (2019). The dykes are safe – surely? In B. Mitchell (Ed.), Resource and Environmental Management (3 ed., pp. 120-122). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ratter, B. (2018). Wahrnehmung des Klimawandels in der Metropolregion Hamburg. In H. von Storch, I. Meinke, & M. Claussen (Eds.), Hamburger Klimabericht – Wissen über Klima, Klimawandel und Auswirkungen in Hamburg (pp. 255-264). Springer Spektrum. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-55379-4_13.
  • Petzold, J., Ratter, B., & Holdschlag, A. (2017). Competing knowledge systems and adaptability to sea-level rise in The Bahamas. Area, early view, available online. doi:10.1111/area.12355.
  • Döring, M., & Ratter, B. (2017). Coastal landscapes: the relevance of researching coastscapes for managing coastal change in North Frisia. Area, early view, available online. doi:10.1111/area.12382.
  • Döring, M., & Ratter, B. (2017). The regional framing of climate change: towards a place-based perspective on regional climate change perception in north Frisia. Journal of Coastal Conservation, available online. doi:10.1007/s11852-016-0478-0.
  • Gerkensmeier, B., & Ratter, B. (2016). Trilateral (flood) risk management in the Wadden Sea Region. In J. Aerts, & J. Mysiak (Eds.), Novel Multi-Sector Partnerships in Disaster Risk Management - Results of the ENHANCE Project (pp. 210-231). Brussels.
  • Gerkensmeier, B., & Ratter, B. (2016). Multi-risk, multi-scale and multi-stakeholder – the contribution of a bow-tie analysis for risk management in the trilateral Wadden Sea Region. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 66, 1-12. doi:10.1007/s11852-016-0454-8.
  • Petzold, J., & Ratter, B. (2015). Climate change adaptation under a social capital approach: an analytical framework for small islands. Ocean & Coastal Management, 112, 36-43. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.05.003.
  • UNEP(2014). Emerging issues for Small Island Developing States: Results of the UNEP foresight process. Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). Retrieved from
  • Kuckartz, U., Kleinhückelkotten, S., Weller, I., Ratter, B., Martinez, G., Bray, D., Bardt, H., Neverla, I., Schäfer, M. S., & Grothmann, T. (2013). Wahrnehmung des Klimawandels. (02.04.2015).