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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Research in a double pack: Digital technologies and building for a more inclusive society

Erste von vier neuartigen Tandem-Professuren, die Geistes- und Technikwissenschaften verbinden, startet mit Reallabor am KIT.

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Passenger aircraft for atmospheric research

Successful balance after 10 years of research: IAGOS has become the pillar of the global atmospheric observation system.

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More Precise and Efficient Weather Forecasts

Julian Quinting of KIT receives ERC Starting Grant – ASPIRE project increases reliability of weather forecasts, and reduces computing costs and energy consumption.

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Groundwater Storage for Heating and Cooling Supply

Geoenergy: Low-temperature aquifer storage enables climate-driendly heating and cooling - KIT study shows enormous potential for Germany.

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KIT among the world's top 100 in eleven disciplines

KIT performs well in the U.S. News University Ranking 2022-2023 - seven top positions nationally.

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Blind Spots in Plastic Waste Monitoring

KIT researchers and partners assume that much more plastic is transported in flowing waters than estimated so far - new approaches to modeling.

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Atmospheric research: Better greenhouse gas monitoring for Germany

With the help of a monitoring system, sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in Germany are to be better recorded and monitored in future.

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Limits of Lithium Extraction from Thermal Water

A KIT Team Has Analyzed the Extraction of Lithium from Thermal Water Resources in Germany – Feasible Extraction Volumes and Time Horizon Limit the Potential.

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Stadt
Urban Research at KIT

Contributions to sustainable urban development

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Damast
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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