Dealing with change in SIDS: societal action and political reaction in sea level change adaptation in Small Island Developing States

Small Island Development States (SIDS) are particularly threatened by the impacts of climate change and associated triggered coastal processes. The overall objective of the project is to consider the challenges for formal and informal institutions and island societies of dealing with changes due to sea level rise, as well as potentials and pitfalls of adaptive capacities.

Duration:     2017-2020
Funding:     German Research Foundation—Priority Program 1889 Regional Sea Level Change and Society (SeaLevel)
Partners:     Hamburg University; Leibniz Universität Hannover
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz and Susann Adloff


Kiel Centre for Globalization: Global supply chains, environmental regulation and green innovation

The project analyses how participation in global supply chains hampers or facilitates the investment in state-of-the-art production equipment or production processes that are more environmentally efficient. Related to this, the project also investigates the effectiveness of incentives such as financial grants, energy taxes, or carbon trading schemes for changing carbon emissions. These issues are investigated using firm level data for Germany and China.

Duration:     2016-2020
Funding:     Leibniz Gemeinschaft, Kiel University, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
Partner:     Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Aoife Hanley and Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz


Trade-offs between mitigation and climate engineering: an interdisciplinary approach

TOMACE contributes to the hitherto expert-dominated climate-engineering debate by conducting detailed analyses of lay persons’ acceptance of solar radiation management and Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS). It focusses on the effects of these technologies on people’s willingness to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

Duration:     2016-2019
Funding:     German Research Foundation—Priority Program 1689 Climate Engineering
Partners:     Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR); Kassel University
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz and Dr. Christine Merk (IfW)


Wellbeing from the Baltic: Applications combining natural science and economics

As part of an interdisciplinary research project we analyze the impact of anthropogenic pressures (eutrophication, climate change, fishing) on the provision of ecosystem services in the Baltic Sea area. A focus will be on the valuation of cultural ecosystem services such as recreation and aesthetics.

Duration:     2015-2018
Funding:     German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and EU BONUS
Partners:     University of Helsinki, Aarhus University, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Stockholm University, University of Warsaw
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz and Dr. Christine Bertram (IfW)


Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification (Phase III): Public perception of ocean acidification and the role of information

Public support for climate change mitigation policies is greatly influenced by people’s risk perception of climate change. One major challenge in climate change communication is uncertainty. Yet, previous studies suggest that lay people may be reluctant to respond to information that comes with high uncertainty. Based on a representative online survey the project aims: 1) to analyze public perception of Ocean Acidification (OA) in Germany, and 2) to examine how uncertainty in climate change communication and framing of outcomes influence people’s risk perception and thus their willingness to mitigate.

Duration:     2015-2017 (Phase III)
Funding:     German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Partners:     Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven (AWI); Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg; GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel; Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG); Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf; Jacobs University, Bremen; Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW); Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin (IGB); Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde; Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen (ZMT); MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen; Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen (MPI); PreSens Precision Sensing GmbH, Regensburg; University of Bremen; University of Hamburg; University of Koblenz-Landau; University of Münster; University of Rostock; Ruhr University, Bochum
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz