Heidelberg University

Global Change and Globalization


Research Groups

Obviously global change and globalization is a very extensive topic. Therefore, it is necessary to select a number of key areas which are at the heart of the issue and are within the range of expertise of the groups existing in the Heidelberg area. In addition, a balanced mixture of fundamental research of universal applicability and elucidating case studies meant to accentuate specific causal linkages.


Group I:

Water in sensitive regions – Handling limited water resources in sensitive regions of the Near East (Egypt, Jordan).

Project 1:

Age and recharge rate of groundwater reserves in the Nubian and Disi Aquifers.
Werner Aeschbach-Hertig and Tillmann Kaudse, Institute of Environmental Physics.

Project 2:

Local assessment of water and sediment quality as a prerequisite for integrated water management strategies in the Near East.
Thomas Braunbeck, Franziska Förster, Institute of Zoology and Lothar Erdinger, Institute of Hygiene.

Project 3:

Palaeodrainage systems, hydroclimatic changes and traditional water use in Egypt and Jordan.
Olaf Bubenzer and Barbara Brilmayer Bakti, Institute of Geography.

Project 4:

Water in the Middle East as an instrument of power – water conflicts, actors and discourses.
Hans Gebhardt and Thomas Bonn, Institute of Geography.

Project 5:

Water Management in arid regions – a comparative legal study with a specific focus on groundwater utilization.
Ute Mager and Silvan Eppinger, Institute for German and European Administrative Law.

Project 6:

Water and economic development – assessing contributions andconstraints to growth in the Near East.
Travis Warziniack, Research Centre for Environmental Economics.



Group II:

Global change and the energy system: Assessing options and their impacts.

Project 1:

Global change and the energy system: Assessing options and their impacts – the physical perspective.
Werner Aeschbach-Hertig , Ulrich Platt and Tobias Tröndle, Institute of Environmental Physics.

Project 2:

Global change and the energy system: assessing options and their impacts – the economic perspective.
Timo Goeschl and Ole Grogro, Research Centre for Environmental Economics.

Project 3:

Global change and the energy system: assessing options and their impacts – the geographical perspective.
Hans Gebhardt and Thomas Bonn, Institute of Geography.

Project 4:

Global change and the energy system: assessing options and their impacts – the legal perspective.
Wolfgang Kahl and Philip Stomberg, Institute for German and European Administrative Law.



Group III:

Element cycles and socioeconomic dynamics – Understanding global processes on a local scale (Canary Islands).

Project 1:

Cycles of elements, nutrients and pollutants, and formation age of soil and sediments on the Canary Islands.
Ulrich A. Glasmacher, Markus Heidak (Research Group Thermochronology and Archaeometry), Bernd Kober (Research Group Isotope Geochemestry), Heinz Friedrich Schöler and Mario Trieloff (Research Group Geo- and Cosmochemestry), all Institute for Earth Sciences.

Project 2:

The Laurel Forest: An example of relict biodiversity hotspots threatened by human impact and global change.
Marcus A. Koch, Anja Landau, Institute for Plant Science (HIP) and Mike Thiv, State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart.

Project 3:

Carbonates as indicators for ocean acidification events.
Stefan Götz and Enric Pascual Cebrian (Research Group Quantitative Paleobiology and Carbonate Sedimentology), Institute for Earth Sciences.

Project 4:

Growth, Conservation and Sustainability in a Globalized World.
Timo Goeschl and Larissa Weidert, Research Centre for Environmental Economics.

Project 5:

Modeling and valuation of ecological impacts of land cover and land use changes on the Canary Islands.
Alexander Siegmund , Simone Naumann and Sebastian Günthert, Research Group for Earth Observation: Department of Geography at University of Education Heidelberg.



Group IV:

The psychology and neuroeconomics of ageing societies managing complex climatic systems: Hotter and greyer.

Project 1:

Cognition and decision of elderly related to environmental aware acting – comparison of healthy and cognitive impaired persons.
Joachim Funke, Institute of Psychology, Timo Goeschl, Christiane Schwieren, Research Centre for Environmental Economics, Johannes Schröder and Karola Güttler, Clinic of Psychiatry.

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