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Whereas any specific discipline employs its own particular perspective to conduct research on various aspects of humans’ diverse environments, the HCE focuses its attention on broader aspects, in particular, on the dynamics of the physical and socio-cultural environment and on their mutual interaction. [More...]

Emissions-Visualization-Action (EVA) Enabling Environmental Action in the Upper Silesia Coal Basin through Visualizing Emissions

Project period 2021-2023

EVA will deploy in the Upper Silesian Coal Basin (USCB) an array of complementary and partially novel measurement approaches, from highly portable air pollution sensors to emissions-detecting cameras to remote sensing data, that provide visualizations of different pollutants, from particulate matter to methane, in a single target region [More...]

Climate research - the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide in the environment: concentration and isotope determinations using laser spectrometer measurements in the field and in the laboratory to identify sources and quantify fluxes.

Project period 2021-2023

The need for research to investigate the global sources and sinks of nitrous oxide is very high, as our understanding regarding the global budget (totality of all sources and sinks) of nitrous oxide compared to CO2 still has large uncertainties. The acquisition and calibration of a newly developed, mobile laser measuring device (Cavity-RingDown-Spectroscopy, CRDS), which can simultaneously measure the concentration and isotopic composition of N2O continuously ("online") both in the laboratory and in the field, will significantly strengthen the infrastructure in the field of climate/environmental research at the Heidelberg site. [More...]

Interacting actors in polycentric climate governance

Project period 2021-2023

An interdisciplinary team comprising of geographers, linguists, and political and social scientists who aim to unravel the mechanisms through which transnational forums on climate governance both are affected by national positions on climate mitigation policies and, vice versa, impact on changes in and harmonization of national responses to climate change. [More...]

Generating high-resolution CO2 maps by Machine Learning-based geodata fusion and atmospheric transport modelling (GeCO)

Project period 2021-2023

In the GeCO project, will collect data through high-resolution detection and modeling of the sources of selected greenhouse gases, as well as their turbulent dispersion in the atmosphere. Both the modeling of the distribution of the sources, as well as the dispersion of the gases will be done by means of computer-aided data-intensive methods through collaboration of expertise from environmental physics and geoinformatics. Methods such as machine learning (ML) and geospatial data fusion will be used. [More...]


CVom Flyerlimate Action Science (CAS)

CAS connects interdisciplinary research methods as part of the Under2Coalition between California and Baden-Württemberg in order to build effective climate action on an international level. Click for more information!

HCE Junior Research Groups

As a part of the Institutional Strategy of Heidelberg University, funded by the German Excellence Initiative (Phase II), the HCE has set up two interdisciplinary Junior Research Groups:

HCE-START: Arsenic in groundwater im Grundwasser

Project period 2017-2018

The project HCE-START from Dr. Amanda Wendt (Institute of Public Health) and Dr. Martin Maier (Institut für Geowissenschaften) analyses the geochemical processes, which release arsenic into ground water. Within this project social and cultural aspects are considered to better understand the arsenic dissolution into drinking water and to suggest new solutions to cleaning the water.

Project "Land unter?"

Project period 2016-2019

The project "Land unter" is funded by the Thyssen foundation and aims at developing a regional history of floods and flood prevention measures based on archaeological and geomorphological studies on the upper Rhine between Straßburg/ Kehl and Mannheim/ Ludwigshafen. Within the project potential early dike lines should be located and the contexts of origin and functions of dams should be reconstructed.

Water Research Networks

Project period 2016-2021

Two water research networks funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg assess the risks of chemicals in the aquatic environment and study drought. The networks closely link the natural and engineering sciences with the social sciences and humanities:

The Eff-Net (Effect Network in Water Research), led by Prof. Dr. Braunbeck and Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun, investigate interdependencies for the risk assessment of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems.

The DRleR network (Drought impacts, processes and resilience: making the invisible visible), led in Heidelberg by Prof. Dr. Lucas Menzel and Prof. Dr. Ute Mager, aims at grooming politics and society for the increasing periods of drought throughout Europe in the future.

Heidelberg Environmental Analytics Platform (HEAP)

The Heidelberg Environmental Analytic Plattformgives an overview of the analytical methods that are applied in the Heidelberg Environmental Sciences. It comprises the analytical skills of 18 working groups hosted at the Institute of Geography, the Institute of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Environmental Physics, respectively, pursuing scientific questions in Atmospheric, Aquatic, Earth Surface and Earth and Planetary Sciences. 

Heidelberg Geoengineering Forum (HGF)

The Heidelberg Geoengineering Forum (HGF) brings together researchers located in the Rhine-Neckar region who are engaged in improving our knowledge on the potential, limitations and risks of Climate Engineering. At the moment it includes scholars based in Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Frankfurt.

Marsilius-Projekt „The Global Governance of Climate Engineering“


Project "Check extrema"

Project period 2016-2017

The HeiKa-project "Check extrema" investigates historical records and geological archives (stalagmites) for extreme events in the Nürnberg area starting in late Medieval times (since 15th century).


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