Division 4 - Natural and Built Environment

KIT Division 4 'Natural and Built Environment' generates, teaches and applies knowledge about the changing Earth. This includes natural processes and developments as well as man-made changes and their impacts. To achieve this, research, teaching and innovation are bundled in strategic fields joining over 30 Institutes from architecture, civil engineering, geo- and environmental sciences, as well as meteorology and climate sciences. The scientists of Division 4 explore, develop and teach local, regional and global solutions for a sustainable future. Teaching and acadamic affairs of Division 4 are organized in the KIT departments of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences, while the mission-based large-scale research tasks are managed in frame of the Helmholtz program "Changing Earth-Sustaining our Future".

Science and knowledge for society and the environment

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Tracking the weather: climate research in Africa

Flood protection or the preservation of the rainforest - the study of meteorological correlations makes valuable contributions.

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Heat stress in North Africa: Securing milk production with goats and camels

Switching from cattle to camel and goat husbandry promotes more sustainable and safer milk production in the drylands of northern Africa.

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Using Water Resources More Sustainably with a Hydrological Database

KIT Researchers Aim to Compile Hydrological Data to Identify the Effects of Climate Change on Water Cycles in Germany.

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Climate change: Heat in the underground can be recycled

Study shows great potential for heat supply with accumulated heat in the underground.

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Between Heaven and Earth: Open Day at Campus Alpin

For 68 years, the KIT Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research in Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been researching pressing climate and environmental issues.

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Climate Change and Land Use Change Favor Flood Events

Current studies on the flood disaster in the Eifel in 2021 on the future development of such extreme events.

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Climate change: Better predicting impacts on forests

Researchers are developing sensors to measure ecosystem conditions in the forest and detect changes more quickly.

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Sustainability: Managing grassland with sensors and AI

Using a combination of unmanned aerial systems and machine learning, KIT researchers are gathering information on grassland features to map, monitor and assess them.

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Urban Research at KIT

Contributions to sustainable urban development

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Water Research at KIT

Sustainable concepts for the use and protection of water resources

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Schneefernerhaus
Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus

KIT - Member of the Consortium Schneefernerhaus

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CEDIM
Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology

Interdisciplinary research at KIT on disasters, risks and security

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Klima und Umwelt
KIT Climate and Environment Center

For an Environment Worth Living in

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Globus
Climate Protection and Sustainability

KIT works for the sustainability of our resources - in research, teaching and innovation

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