ESKAPE: Development of Regional Climate Adaptation Processes

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Update March 2019: Closing event of the ESKAPE project

The kick-off event in fall 2015 started the ESKAPE project, which was funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. Since then, more than three years have passed and a GIS platform ("inkasPortal") with a comprehensive data collection and a guideline ("Checklist for climate-adapted land-use planning") has been developed.

In addition to the networking and competence building process, geo-referenced data were collected and made available on the "inkasPortal" of the Aachen 'StädteRegion' (= city region).For this purpose, first modeling and GIS analyzes were carried out on climate change impact in the Aachen region with respect to thermal stress, heavy rainfall and cold air currents.In parallel, the project team identified socioeconomic data to map sensitivities.Finally, the established exposures and sensitivities were superimposed to identify the vulnerable areas, with regard to the effects of climate change, in the Aachen city region.

With the aid of the information bases developed in practical urban or other design, the planning authorities are provided with information about where increased climate change impacts can be assumed. Thus, a possible increased concern can be included into concepts, but also in the balancing and in the environmental assessment.

The closing event in the spring of 2019 ended the ESKAPE project and the GIS platform was made available to the municipalities.The project can be seen as a pioneering test project.Ultimately, such a GIS system should be developed comprehensively, so that the topic of climate change adaptation can be adequately taken into account in long term administrative action.