Evaluation of a Transdisciplinary Research Project Aimed at the Development of Climate Change Adaptation Measures

  • Andrea Heilmann
  • Hardy PundtEmail author


An important characteristic of transdisciplinary research is the integration of real-life, practical problems and scientific knowledge. In many cases problems related to climate change concern primarily scientists who analyze vast amounts of data aiming at forecasting potential effects of climate change. However, if climate change adaptation measures are developed, and implemented, this concerns not only science, but especially local administrations, as well as companies, organizations and the public. They look at the problems from their specific perspectives, and evaluate potential measures in close relation to their context. In order to achieve sustainable and widely accepted problem solutions, it is essential to integrate the different views and related contextual information. Within the framework of a pilot project, aimed at the development and implementation of climate change adaptation measures, this article envisages to present the underlying research process. The development and critical evaluation of the project will be described, proving that only the close cooperation of all relevant actors from concerned sectors, accompanied by scientists, leads to sustainable decisions and problem solutions aimed at the mitigation of risks and adaptation to potential threats. The pilot project, carried out in two phases between 2011 and 2016 in the administrative district of Mansfeld-Südharz, Germany, embraces the development of a local climate change adaptation strategy, and the implementation of specific adaptation measures. Success factors, as well as identified obstacles, are discussed critically.


Climate change adaptation Adaptation measures Participation GIS Vulnerability maps 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harz University of Applied SciencesWernigerodeGermany

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