CCRR-2013/Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

International conference

Climate Change and Regional Response 2013

Climate Change and Regional Response – Impacts and adaptation strategies for public, commercial and private actors (CCRR-2013)
May 27-29, 2013, Dresden, Germany

The CCRR-2013 conference, held in Dresden (Germany), brings together international experts to discuss the state-of-the art and future directions in regional responses to climate change impacts on natural, social and economic systems. The event includes contributions from national and international climate change and adaptation research as well as from practitioners and policy makers. Current research findings and local/regional experience and results will be presented. Suitable conference papers shall be published as special issues or a refereed anthology. Abstracts are welcome for oral presentations and posters.
A Young Researchers Forum, held as part of the conference, focuses on "How to adapt to regional climate change? Perspectives from different disciplines." The forum will provide opportunity for young researchers to share and discuss their work. The most enticing presentation(s) and idea(s) will be especially honored.
The conference is organised by the trans-disciplinary consortium dedicated to the development of climate change adaptation strategies at regional scale in the scope of the REGKLAM Model Project (www.regklam.de).


  • Modeling climate change – downscaling and uncertainty
    Climate information is required for many decisions in regional planning and urban development. Downscaled global circulation models provide detailed information about possible future climate conditions of small regions. The use of these regional climate projections and their immanent uncertainties represent a new challenge for the development of adaptation strategies in regional planning. Therefore, uncertainty itself is the one of the main challenges in climate change adaption.
  •  Human-biometeorological impacts and public health
    Regional climate change in Central Europe is characterized by long-term trends of meteorological variables and severe weather events. Particularly, the increase of near-surface air temperature and severe heat waves have negative effects on well-being, efficiency and health of people. Therefore, human-biometeorologically significant methods are necessary, which enable a reduction of this atmospheric stress, which is typically related to the scale that is relevant for people, i.e. the local scale. These methods have to be developed, applied and validated in terms of their effectiveness.
  • Changing climate – changing air quality?
    Meteorology can affect air quality in various ways: changes in anthropogenic and biogenic emissions, in transport and dispersion, in atmospheric chemistry and in deposition. Related feedback processes may influence climate change. The potential for climate change to affect air quality needs studies in a global, regional and urban scale. Contributions on atmospheric aerosols, on nitrogen and sulphur species chemistry, and on gas-particle-liquid interactions, e.g. fog and cloud processes, are particularly welcome.
  • Development and maintenance of the built environment
    Of particular interest are the following topics. Communicating and assessing risk and vulnerability in the built environment. Strategies and methodologies against summer overheating, flooding, intense rainfall and hail. Improving building construction and building services considering climate change. Solutions for resilient and innovative building facades. Experiences with and examples of adaptation to climate change.
  • Development and maintenance of urban green infrastructure and open space
    The effects of the urban heat island, and all its negative impacts upon the quality of life, well-being, and a healthy urban environment, are expected to be enhanced by the consequences of climate change. A focus on the urban open and green spaces provided by urban green infrastructure is an issue which could support urban development strategies addressing the challenge of adaptation to climate change. The green infrastructure, and hence urban biodiversity and open space, is supposed to have a crucial role in these adaptation strategies.
  • Integrated assessment and management strategies in agriculture and forestry
    In the context of Climate Change, agriculture and forestry have to adapt to changing framework conditions. Changes in land management strategies cause modifications of landscape pattern and alterations in the provision of ecosystem services. The session focuses on approaches which facilitate a cross-sectoral qualitative, quantitative, or monetary assessment of Climate Change adaptation strategies at the landscape level.
  • Urban water systems
    Urban water systems react particularly sensitive to local and highly dynamic storm events (e.g., surcharge of sewers and urban flooding) and the duration of dry-weather periods (e.g., raw water quality, pollution accumulation on surface, and matter flux characteristics). Contributions are welcome on downscaling of climate projections in space and time in order to project storm events relevant for urban water systems, on approaches considering matter transport and water quality aspects in projections, on adaptation of water works and wastewater systems operation including real-time control and on adaptation in planning.
  • Regional water balance
    The in-depth analysis of meteorological data from the past 100+ years has increased our understanding of regional impacts of climate change on the hydrological cycle and the regional water balance. The link of long-term hydrological with meteorological data is important to derive more conclusive explanations for past and likely future developments. Our knowledge particularly about the impacts of climate change on the quantity and quality of water bodies (groundwater and surface water) still remains incomplete. At the same time, regional competition for the use of water resources (e.g. drinking water vs. irrigation) as well as requirements for the ecological quality of water bodies increase worldwide. Decision makers and practitioners engaged with water supply, monitoring or the management of water bodies at catchment scale call for practical and applicable approaches for adaptation. Contributions to any of these aspects are welcome.
  • Nature conservation
    Effects of Climate Change add various stress factors to species and ecosystems, the vitality of which often is already affected through degradation and habitat fragmentation. Strategies which reduce vulnerability and enhance the adaptive capacity of species and ecosystems are therefore a principal challenge if biodiversity and the supply of ecosystem services shall be sustained. Focus is laid on the potential of sectoral and integrated nature conservation strategies (e.g., design and management of protected areas vs. biodiversity-friendly land use systems), as well as on possible conflicts and synergies with mitigation and adaptation measures from other sectors.
  • Adaptation strategies for industry sectors and companies
    Climate change has become a major challenge for business management, requiring adaptation to extreme weather events and long-term changes of climate elements as well. We encourage contributions in terms of comprehensive reviews, theoretical frameworks, broad empirical studies, case studies and applied studies covering different disciplines of business administration such as innovation management, accounting, marketing, human resources management and environmental management.
  • Regional adaptation strategies and planning
    Adaptation to climate change requires local and regional action. In many countries regional adaptation strategies are becoming more and more popular if not even a prerequisite for further intervention. Regional and local planning is becoming an increasingly important tool to prepare for adaptation and to implement adaptation strategies. Contributions regarding the role of urban, rural and regional planning in climate change adaptation strategies are welcome. For example, they may focus on issues of governance, planning instruments, processes of elaborating and implementing adaptation strategies as well as their impact on local and regional development.
  • Economics and Politics of adaptation measures
    Adaptation is an important avenue to cope with climate change. From an economic point of view, this raises questions such as: Will individual adaptation by households and firms work efficiently? Which adaptation measures have to be undertaken by the state? Should the central government coordinate adaptation measures or will decentralization lead to a more efficient outcome? Is public money a reliable factor for planning and funding of adaptation measures if seen against the background of economic and demographic change? Does the political process lead to efficient policy measures or will interest groups systematically distort the outcome?
  • Implementing adaptation programs and options – good practice
    Merely formulating adaptation policies is not sufficient to cope with the consequences of climate change. In fact, implementing measures and instruments is equally important. Linking the „output“ in terms of programs or plans with the „outcome“ of policy making raises the question of how to come from „talk“ to „action“. Is it possible to identify certain factors promoting (or hindering) the successful implementation of measures and instruments for the adaptation to climate change? Which criteria and conditions are crucial? The conference welcomes contributions on this issue from all levels and areas of planning or policy making. 

Young Researchers Forum: "How to adapt to regional climate change? Perspectives from different disciplines."
This platform shall allow for a broad range of contributions on all CCRR-topics, to be presented exclusively by junior scientists from all fields. Apart from the truly interdisciplinary experience, active participants shall enjoy an enticing atmosphere amongst their peers, where space is given to more daring and provocative hypothesis than is usually invited at most conferences. While no compromises shall be made with scientific rigor, the platform will provide a stage for new and unconventional ideas and hopefully a most fruitful and motivating discussion. Fresh ideas are in high demand.


  • Prof. Christian Bernhofer (TU Dresden, Meteorology)
  • Prof. Rainer Danielzyk (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Spatial Planning and Reg. Development)
  • Prof. Karl-Heinz Feger (TU Dresden, Soil and Landscape Ecology)
  • Prof. Edeltraud Günther (TU Dresden, Environmental Management)
  • Dr. Alfred Herberg (German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, BfN)
  • Dr. Gérard Hutter (Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development)
  • Dr. Christian Korndörfer (City of Dresden, Entvironmental department, enquired)
  • Prof. Peter Krebs (TU Dresden, Urban Water Management)
  • Prof. Franz Makeschin (TU Dresden, Soil Ecology)
  • Prof. Jörg Matschullat (TUB Freiberg, Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Centre)
  • Prof. Helmut Mayer (University of Freiburg, Meteorology and Climatology)
  • Prof. Peter Steen Mikkelsen (Technical University of Denmark, Urban Water Engineering)
  • Dr. Luca Montanarella (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, SOIL Action)
  • Prof. Bernhard Müller (Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development)
  • Prof. Eberhard Renner (Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research)
  • Prof. Marcel Thum (Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, ifo Institute, Dresden branch)
  • Prof. Bernhard Weller (TU Dresden, Building Construction)
  • Prof. Wolfgang Wende (Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Landscape Change and Management)

CCRR-2013 will be held in Dresden. Located in the southeast of Germany, close to Berlin and Prague. After the downfall of the iron curtain the city of Dresden has become an economic centre in Central Europe with numerous research institutions. Furthermore it has an outstandig cultural heritage which draws millions of visitors every year including the Frauenkirche, the Semperoper and the Old Masters Picture Gallery.


  • NOVEMBER 23, 2012: Abstract submission
  • JANUARY 18, 2013: Notice of Abstract Acceptance (by e-mail)
  • JANUARY 31, 2013: Early Bird Registration / Registration for speakers (payment deadline)
  • MAY 10, 2013: Final deadline for abstracts revision and posters (for the conference program)
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