Division 4 - Natural and Built Environment
The Division 4 'Natural and Built Environment' stands for science and knowledge for society and the environment. Social and natural processes are observed and shaped, in particular the ecological and socio-economic consequences of the earth in change. This division combines research, teaching and innovation of the Institutes of architecture, civil engineering, geo and environmental sciences as well as meteorology and climate sciences and performs synergies. The scientists aim for local, regional and global solutions for a livable, natural and built environment contributing to a sustainable and thus future ready society. Teaching and acadamic affairs of the division are organized in the two KIT departments of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences, and the mission-based large-scale research is managed in Helmholtz programs which are actually "Atmosphere and Climate", "Renewable Energy" and "Energy Efficiency, Resources and Materials".
Science and knowledge for society and the environment
Scientists Demand Prominent Target to Lower Extinction Rates, Comparable to the 2-degree Climate Target.Link_more
Studies of Aleppo Pines Reveal: The Increase in Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Concentration in the Atmosphere Does Not Compensate the Negative Effect of Climate Change.Link_more
Cross-institute Project to Understand the Dynamics of Forest Fires and Mitigate the Risk.Link_more
KIT Researchers Find that Filtration Systems Are the Biggest Sources of Ultrafine Particles Worldwide and Have Considerable Impacts on Climate.Link_more
Researchers Want to Use Air-conditioning and Ventilation Systems for Decentralized Production of Carbon-neutral Synthetic Fuels – Publication in Nature CommunicationsLink_more
Climate Researchers of KIT Solve the Puzzle of a Huge Aerosol Layer in the Atmosphere – Results will Improve Climate Models.
Consortium with Munich and Mainz focuses on deficiencies and challenges of weather prediction with the aim to improve forecast models.Link_more
Researchers at KIT and the University of Edinburgh show that previous measures to reduce global warming through land use change are insufficient.Link_more