Evaluating Germany's Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Practice (Eval-MAP II)

Contracting authority (client):

BMBF

Project period:

12/2018 - 11/2021

Project description:

  • Subproject 3: Adaptation to flood risks
  • Joint project within the framework of the BMBF funding programme “Economics of Climate Change“

Aims and contents of the project:

Building on the Sozial-Ökologischen Panel (SÖP), established in the BMBF-funded project Eval-MAP (2012-2015) (www.rwi-essen.de/eval-map), the Eval-MAP II research project has two goals:

Firstly, different measures for adaptation and emission avoidance, such as the phase-out of coal, are examined in terms of their acceptance and impact on private households, and recommendations for improving these measures are made, taking into account their political feasibility.

Secondly, the associated social impacts are examined, such as the perception of the fairness of the distribution of the cost burden as a result of ambitious climate protection.

The research project will extend the publicly accessible household panel data set established in the earlier Eval-MAP project by two additional survey waves in order to improve the basis for an evidence-based assessment of climate policy instruments and climate change adaptation measures on the basis of this data and using econometric and experimental methods.

The working group Geography and Natural Risk Research contributes to work package 3 of the project, which deals with adaptation strategies and measures. While households are regarded as important actors for adaptation processes, the progress report on the German adaptation strategy shows that there is too little reliable information about the possibilities and adaptation measures of households. Work package 3 closes this knowledge gap by investigating the prevalence and determinants of adaptation behavior on the basis of the data collected in the second survey of 6,000 German households and by analyzing how private adaptation can be promoted by public policies. Based on relevant theories such as the Protection Motivation Theory, we focus in particular on the preparation and response to storms and floods (insurance, technical and behavioral protection) and adaptation to high indoor temperatures.

Dialogue on the Climate Economy: DIPOL is one of the projects funded by the BMBF under the priority program Economics of Climate Change II. The funding priority is to expand the competencies in the field of climate economics and thus provide sound, solution-oriented knowledge. In order to support this transfer of knowledge and thus to intensify the exchange between research and practice, the funding priority is supported and supported by the Dialogue on Climate Economyproject.

Project team

RWI – Leibniz Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (Konsortialführer):

  • Prof. Dr. Manuel Frondel (Leitung)
  • Dr. Gerhard Kussel (Leitung) 
  • Dr. Mark Andreas Andor
  • Dr. Stephan Sommer
  • Prof. Dr. Colin Vance

ZEW, Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung:

  • Dr. Daniel Osberghaus

Institut für Umweltwissenschaften und Geographie/AG Geographie und Naturrisikenforschung:

  • Prof. Dr. Annegret H. Thieken
  • Dr. Philip Bubeck

IÖR, Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung

  • Dr. Martin Achtnicht