The over 70 members of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) are working and publishing in more than 20 different disciplines of the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.
As a joint platform of the environmental sciences at Heidelberg University, the HCE presents the publications of its members and projects from 2011 onwards.
The lists are part of the Heidelberg University Bibliography (heiBIB) and are under construction. They will be gradually completed and further updated.
The following links lead to pages of the University Library Heidelberg.
Recent publications by HCE members
Dame, J., Schmidt, S., Müller, J., Nüsser, M. (2019)
The reasons and challenges for rapid urbanisation in the high mountain town of Leh were analysed using remote sensing and primary data collected through standard social science methods. In the last few decades, an expansion of built-up areas into agricultural fields and uncultivated land with an increasing densification has taken place, which especially creates challenges for water resources management and natural hazards preparedness.
Nüsser, M., Dame, J., Baghel, R., Schmidt, S., Kraus, B., Parveen, S. (2019)
Based on case studies from the Nanga Parbat region, Hunza-Karakoram and Ladakh, this paper seeks to identify general patterns and site-specific characteristics of agrarian practices and adaptation strategies in the context of climate change.
Zoth, P., Caillet, V. & Mager, U. (2019)
The scientific report analyses to which degree the applicable water law is equipped for the mastery of severe drought. The authors also study what Germany can learn from California and Spain. The results emerge from the project DRiER (Drought: Processes, Impacts and resilience: Making the Invisible Visible).
Tosun, J. & Leopold, L. (2019)
The authors investigate the nexus between and efficiency of climate change and urban water management in transnational networks.
Le Quéré, C., Korsbakken, J. I., Wilson, C., Tosun, J., Andrew, R., Andres, R. J., Canadell, J. G., Jordan, A., Peters, G. P., & van Vuuren, D. P. (2019)
Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun (Deputy Director of the HCE) and colleagues publish newest insights on drivers of CO2 emissions reduction in industrial countries in Nature Climate Change.
Ebser, S., Kerstin,A., Steven,T., Feng,Z., Ringen,L., Schmidt, M., Tanhua,T., Aeschbach, W., & Oberthaler, M.K. (2018)
The teams led by Prof. Dr. Markus Oberthaler at the Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik and Prof Dr. Werner Aeschbach at the Institute of Environmental Physics use the ATTA technology to reduce the sample size for age dating from at least 1.000 to 5 liter water. The reduction of sample size enables the Usage of the Argon-39 method to study ocean ventilation.
Zang, C., Dame, J. & Nüsser, M. (2018)
The study examines the geological imprint and influence of land use practices on water quality in the Huasco Valley, Chile. The combined approach of hydrochemical and isotopic analysis proved to be a helpful tool in characterizing the catchment and can serve as a basis for future sustainable water management.
Nüsser, M., Dame, J., Kraus, B., Baghel, R. & Schmidt, S. (2018)
The article presents a long-term analysis to examine the efficiency of artificial glaciers and addresses the question of whether they can provide a climate change adaption strategy. This paper features in the journal's special issue "Impacts of climate change on the mountain cryosphere and associated response", in time for a forthcoming special report of the IPCC.
Gabrysch S., Waid, J.L., Wendt A.S., Müller A.A., Kader A., Gosh U. (2018)
For a case study in Bangladesch, Gabrysch et al. quantify the effect of flooding on food security, describe families' coping strategies, and assess more resilient dietary strategies.
Tobin, P., Schmidt, N., Tosun, J., Burns, C. (2017)
The article employs Discourse Network Analysis to critically examine the climate pledges of all 162 actors at the Paris COP and showcase the method as an innovative way to analyse a complex policy landscape, such as the global climate governance.
Aeschbach et al. (2017)
A comparative analysis of environmental sciences at the University Heidelberg and ETH Zürich.
Siart et al. (2018)
The textbook “Digital Geoarchaeology” shows how new methods from computer science, archeology and geosciences can be used to advance knowledge on human-environment interactions.
Collet, D., Schuh, M. (2017)
Famines occur at the interface of nature and culture, but are often studied in disciplinary settings. This volume brings together researchers from the sciences and the humanities to challenge deterministic approaches and provide a fresh perspective on the entanglement of climate and culture in past societies.
Usón,T.J., Henríquez,C., Dame, J. (2017)
Based on an empirical study of the upper Yali basin in the municipality of San Pedro de Melipilla, Chile, the paper shows how knowledge regarding water is produced, circulated and applied in the context of water scarcity and emerging conflicts over access to groundwater.
Eppinger, S. (2017)
Groundwater is crucial for the livelihoods and food security of billions of people around the globe. However, overuse and depletion threaten future water security in many arid regions. Eppinger analyzes the role of legal concepts for governance and sustainability of groundwater use.
West, C., Marquardt, E. & Gerhard, U. (2017)
Sustainable urban development in a knowledge society is being researched transdisciplinary in the framework of the „Reallabor Urban Office“ in cooperation with the International Building Exhibition Heidelberg IBA as well as other involved actors. These partners develop research questions and therefore knowledge is being produced in consensus.
Goeschl, T. & Perino, G. (2017)
The success of global climate policies requires green technologies for emission reductions. The authors examine how intellectual property rights (IPRs) influence the diffusions of these green technologies.
Kahl, W. (2017)
Sustainability so far is no legal principle in food law. Objectives like sanitary protection and consumer protection are still prioritized.
Koch, M., Karl, R. & German, D. (2017)
The authors identified 20 species of the so far underexplored Aubrieta (Brassicaceae). Pleistocene climate fluctuations influenced Aubrieta speciation and radiation in the Eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor. Consequently, species adapted to different climate conditions.
Sauerborn, R. (2017)
As climate change has huge impacts on human health conditions, interdisciplinary research in this field needs to be advanced. Hence, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are being developed to globally disseminate knowledge and convey skills.
Tosun, J. & Schoenefeld, J. J. (2017)
Tosun and Schoenefeld analyze which factors motivate people to participate in climate action and how social learning could pave the way for innovations in (environmental) policies.