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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-03-01 - 2024-08-31

Climate change governance requires a comprehensive assessment of how policy strategies may affect individuals and communities. However, policy development and implementation often downplay or even run the risk of increasing social inequality aspects. To close this gap, SENSUS critically questions implementation practices and options for Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for urban heat stress and to foster NbS in a way that advances both urban resilience and social equality in access to adequate housing. In a broad interdisciplinary setting, the project applies quantitative and qualitative models and methodologies to study the need and possible adaptation policies with a focus on how to integrate societal aspects and unintended consequences and trade-offs, such as gentrification or housing policies (dis-)favoring specific ethnical groups, into current policy design. A transdisciplinary policy-science dialogue ensures that stakeholders and policy-makers are included both as recipients and co-producers of knowledge. The project’s comprehensive systemic approach guarantees new insights into a widely underexposed dynamic, namely the link between NbS and social equality in urban environments. The outcomes will directly benefit the Vienna city planning by fostering improved governance and management of climate change risks, not only through direct interactions with the project team and findings, but also by disseminating to a wider circle of relevant stakeholders and interest groups.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-01-15 - 2021-09-30

The catchment of the torrent Naarn shows a high degree of forsted area and therefore a huge amount of woody debris can be mobilized during floods. Further downstream this material can cause clogging effects at culverts and bridges, as it could be seen during the flood of 2002 in the municipality of Perg. The goal of the study is to test a new filtering structure that has been developped by students within the lecture of structural exercises.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-12-01 - 2020-11-30

Among other things, the implementation of this research contract serves to expand the core competencies of the BOKU and the Institute for Alpine Natural Hazards in the field of vulnerability research and investigations of dynamic risk systems. Following this goal, the following research questions arise as motives for the development of the project: By using various data available to the BMNT, the current practice of the KNU could be operationalised, which scientific challenges exist with regard to (a) the analysis of the damage potential, and (b) the question of the susceptibility of different damage potential categories to damage. In addition, it will be examined how investments in protective measures can be scientifically correctly mapped in the current low-interest period. The following steps are planned: Evaluation of the previous approach of the KNU of the Department of Water Resources Management and - based on a scientific desktop review - proposal of adaptations; in particular with regard to an automated evaluation of endangered objects, relevant damage functions as well as the question of the level of discounting. Further work includes the analysis of endangered objects with regard to number and type on the basis of geodatabases, as well as the sensitivity of the results obtained with regard to general and specific uncertainties, which have an immanent influence on the cost-benefit ratio.

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