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)