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

Hamburg-based Urban Climate Research at the Leipzig Book Fair


After four days, the Leipzig Book Fair drew to a close Sunday night. The Cluster of Excellence CliSAP was on the scene with an interactive exhibit at the booth of the German Federal Press Office (Bundespresseamt): the game “Urban Climate Architect” attracted many visitors. The game shows how we can get our cities ready to deal with climate change and its consequences, and one or more players can use a multi-touch desktop to design the ideal climate-adapted city.

Urban climate is a key research area for the Cluster of Excellence. The working group “Urban Systems” investigates the interactions of global climate change and urban factors like industry, traffic and green areas – and what they mean for our future.

Many cities around the globe have to prepare for major population growth. At the same time, they are confronted with climate changes that will also impact their urban microclimates. For example, water management will become increasingly important for Asian regions with heavy rainfall, while cities in the heat-plagued countries of Africa and Middle America above all need cooling. It is up to planners to carefully consider how to best address these challenges.