Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Section of Climatology: »Megacities - Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change«

DHAKA-INNOVATE is part of the Priority Programme 1233 “Megacities - Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The project is focused particularly on aspects of informality and the impacts of global change. During the first and second phase a strong emphasis and competence on health has evolved within the project. In the third phase this competence shall be further deepened and linkages between the four branches amplified. Research is highly interdisciplinary and involves scientists from the fields of Economic Geography, Climatology, Geomatics and Epidemiology.

DHAKA-INNOVATE is centred around the informal settlements of Dhaka and focuses on three interwoven topics of vital relevance for the future development of the megacity of Dhaka, Bangladesh: Firstly, socioeconomic development, limitations, and improvement strategies; secondly, climatologic and air pollution effects from the local to global scale; thirdly, public health issues related to socioeconomics, climate and air pollution and living conditions. The research is undertaken in a spatially explicit way, linked in with remote sensing derived meta-indicators, and integrated via GIS-based modelling approaches. The research takes into account the globalised framework of relevant processes, both socioeconomically and environmentally. Local effects are hence embedded in a multiscale framework, providing a focus so as to derive relevant indicators in the context of global, regional and local driving forces. Results will on the one hand facilitate integrated modelling allowing for future perspectives in the light of relevant processes in the Dhaka context. On the other hand, indicator based and spatially explicit explanation pathways open up the opportunity to transfer results to other megacities. After joint research of something over three years a strong focus on the matter of health has evolved. Our interdisciplinary approach allowed us to account for various aspects of health and disease. Physical and social aspects were considered on spatial and temporal scales, allowing us to contribute interesting new findings to the scientific discussion.

Project Coordinator

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wilfried Endlicher
Room: 224
Phone +49-30-22093-6808

Department of Geography
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Mail Address:
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin

Alfred Rühl-Haus
Rudower Chaussee 16
12489 Berlin

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