Urban Ecosystems

Urbanization is a driving force of global environmental and social change. Sustainable, climate-resilient urban development that supports healthy human communities and functioning ecosystems is therefore a crucial future task facing contemporary society. Key will be to promote nature, biodiversity and ecosystem services across urban landscapes.

The aim of the research area "Urban Ecosystems" is to advance the fundamental understanding of the diverse interactions between urban nature and human society through inter- and transdisciplinary research. In doing so, research aims to develop and test strategies for urban landscape transformation through nature-based solutions.

To learn more about this research focus within the School of Life Sciences / Department of Life Science Systems, you can contact: urbanecology[at]tum.de

Project highlights

Research focuses on urban biodiversity, climate change adaptation through green infrastructure, urban forestry and urban trees, and urban agriculture. Selected projects give deeper insights into our work.

Project news

  • "Hedgehog drawers" serve as day roosting and hibernation facilities in residential areas.

    Urban animals

    Animal Aided Design for sustainable, climate-friendly and thus future-oriented settlement concepts

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  • Colorful Ribbons for our Cities

    Colourful ribbons for our cities in times of climate change

    Near-natural urban flowering areas along transport axes to promote ecological functionality

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  • This example of the new display format shows the forsythia bloom in Bavaria from 1951 to 2020.

    Effects of climate change on nature visualized

    On the idea of Green Warming Stripes

    Read the interview with Prof. Annette Menzel

Video Insights

Animal Aided Design

3 min

Housing for urban species (Prof. Weisser)

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Animal Aided Design

43 min

Green city of the future

How growing cities become climate resilient (Prof. Pauleit)

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Green warming stripes

Discover how to illustrate the effects of climate change on nature at a glance, using the example of the forsythia blossom (Prof. Menzel)

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