The research project GrüneLunge deals with the resistance and adaptability (resilience) of urban trees and forests. Scientists under the leadership of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are conducting research together with the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU) at the KIT-Campus Alpin, the Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg (FVA), the German Meteorological Service (DWD), and the Horticultural Office (GBA) and Forestry Office (FA) of the city of Karlsruhe. The joint project is supported and financed by the Zukunftsstadt (Future city) flagship initiative of the "Research for Sustainable Development" (FONA) framework program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The Future City innovation platform specifically supports the exchange between research, civil society, business and municipalities. Therefore, the research project uses an inter- and transdisciplinary approach, i.e. it networks different scientific disciplines (KIT, FVA, DWD) with each other as well as science with actors from practice (GBA and FA Karlsruhe, city of Rheinstetten).


On the following pages we would like to give you an overview of the activities in the GrüneLunge project. Below you will find more information about both project phases: The most important and exciting results of the first project phase GrüneLunge 1.0 (2018-2021), which focused on an inter- and transdisciplinary development of strategies to increase the resilience of trees in growing cities and urban regions; as well as the planned activities in the current project phase GrüneLunge 2.0 (since 2021) in which we deal with the transformation towards resilient urban forests. Please also have a look at our publications.


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Current project phase: GrüneLunge 2.0 (since 2021)

Transformation towards resilient urban forests


In the GrüneLunge 2.0 project, the scientific findings to date are to be translated into measures. In the next two years, the main goal will therefore be to implement and consolidate adaptation measures for the future management of urban forests.

First project phase: GrüneLunge 1.0 (2018-2021)

Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to develop strategies for increasing the resilience of trees in growing cities and urban regions

The research project GrüneLunge 1.0 dealt with the resistance and adaptability (resilience) of urban trees and forests. 


Photos: Anastasiya Sultanova/KIT