Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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 the Helmholtz program "Changing Earth-Sustaining our Future". Since October 01, 2020, Professor Dr. Johannes Orphal has been Head of Division 4.

Science and knowledge for society and the environment


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Airbus A350 Becomes a Research Aircraft

In the IAGOS-CARIBIC research infrastructure coordinated by KIT, a 1.7-ton measurement laboratory is used in the cargo hold of a converted passenger aircraft.

Digitization of Material Sciences

Two KIT research projects are funded by the BMBF - Test phase of the project "Innovation Platform MaterialDigital" started.

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Reservoirs: Protecting Water Resources More Easily

International research project develops user-friendly methods for predictive assessment of water quality in reservoirs - Reduced data requirements enable global use.

Ozone Decrease due to Corona Lockdown

KIT shows a record decrease of seven percent in the free troposphere with infrared measurements at Zugspitze.

Hail: Danger from the Sky Grows

KIT digitally hosts 3rd European Hail Workshop from March 15 to 18, 2021 - Frequency and severity of hailstorms increase with climate change.

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Climate Change: Protection against Floods

IT researchers study the effects of heavy rainfall in southern Germany to develop recommendations for municipalities.

Climate Change: Heat Stress Affects Livestock Production

KIT researchers warn of adverse effects on meat and milk production in East Africa. High temperatures and humidity lead to stress in animals.

CO2 Emissions: Record Decline due to Corona

Fossil CO2 emissions have decreased more than ever before. However atmospheric CO2 concentrations continue to rise.

Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus

KIT - Member of the Consortium Schneefernerhaus

Urban Research at KIT

Contributions to sustainable urban development

Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology

Interdisciplinary research at KIT on disasters, risks and security