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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ERC
Three ERC Consolidator Grants for KIT Researchers

Christoph Kirchlechner, Lars Heinke, and Inge Hinterwaldner will receive up to two million euros for their research projects.

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2022_018_Klimawandel-Grundwasserspiegel
Declining Groundwater Levels due to Climate Change

Based on artificial intelligence, KIT and BGR develop forecast models on the future development of groundwater levels in Germany.

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2022_015_Corona-Nachweis-im-Abwasser
Corona Detection in Wastewater

KIT coordinates nationwide project group testing a wastewater-based COVID-19 early warning system.

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2022_009_Landnutzung
Land Use: Call for a Fair Protection of Species

A study with KIT participation sheds light on the trade-off between biodiversity and food security in land use.

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2022_005_FahrradmobilitaetUrban Emotions, KIT
Safety and Convenience in Bicycle Mobility

Research project collects data as a basis for improving municipal bicycle infrastructure - partners from science, industry and cities.

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Mobilität
Corona Restrictions: Traffic Change and Mobility

Study on mobility in the pandemic: public transport use declines, people increasingly ride bicycles or walk.

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Longlong
Environmental Research: Plant-Growth in the Anthropocene

In a meta-study, KIT researchers are investigating how plant growth reacts to the anthropogenic greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and ozone in the atmosphere.

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Arneth
Leibniz Prize for Almut Arneth

KIT ecosystem researcher receives the highest research prize in Germany - the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is endowed with EUR 2.5 Million.

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Schneefernerhaus
Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus

KIT - Member of the Consortium Schneefernerhaus

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Stadt
Urban Research at KIT

Contributions to sustainable urban development

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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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Damast
DAMAST - Dams and Seismicity

Technologies for Risk Reduction: From Rigid Constructions to Smart Solutions

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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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