Vulnerability network - Establishment of a vulnerability network to produce an overall picture of Germany's vulnerability to climate change

Background and Goals

The vulnerability network is a network of central federal authorities that was set up with the objective of producing an overall picture that indicates Germany's vulnerability to climate change. The network of central federal authorities is therefore contributing to implementing the "German climate change adaptation strategy" (DAS) and the "Adaptation action plan" (APA). For this purpose, an up to date, multi-sectoral vulnerability analysis for Germany produced using a standard method is required. A national vulnerability analysis for Germany is an interdisciplinary task. This means: It requires the individual authorities to cooperate and coordinate themselves. At the same time, regional and sectoral expertise needs to be integrated.

The objective is to bring together existing knowledge. This should be made available so that vulnerability can be assessed for the whole of Germany and across sectors. Developing a shared understanding among stakeholders is also necessary. This relates both to the risks of climate change and the vulnerability of the different sectors and regions. In turn, it is essential to develop a common methodology that is comprehensible and is accepted by all relevant stakeholders.

Content time


Research area/region

  • Germany

Steps in the process of adaptation to climate change

Step 1: Understand and describe climate change

Approach and results 

Analysis of current knowledge about climate change.

Step 2a: Identify and assess risks - climate effects and impact

Approach and results 

Collection, processing and analysis of current knowledge on the impacts of climate change.

Step 2b: Identify and assess risks - Vulnerability, risks and chances

Approach and results 

The vulnerability network has the objective of creating an overall picture of Germany's vulnerability to climate change and thus preparing policy decisions on climate adaptation. To create a vulnerability assessment for Germany, indicators will be collected, analysed and selected based on relevance, while a method for the assessment is being developed in parallel.


  • Overall picture of Germany's vulnerability to climate change;
  • Overview and discussion of indicators;
  • Development of a vulnerability assessment method;
  • Cross-sectoral vulnerability assessment for Germany;
  • Vulnerability network for (federal) authorities.


Funding / Financing 

Federal Environment Agency (UBA);

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Project management 

adelphi consult


plan & risk consult, EURAC research and IKU_Die Dialoggestalter;

The participants of the network are:

  • Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK),
  • Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN),
  • Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH),
  • Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA),
  • Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR),
  • Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt),
  • Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW),
  • Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR),
  • German Academy for International Cooperation (GIZ),
  • German Meteorological Office (DWD),
  • Reconstruction Credit Institute (KfW),
  • Project owner at the German Aerospace Centre (PT-DLR),
  • Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
  • Federal Environment Agency (UBA).

The network is intended to continuously expand and is open to all interested federal authorities that are involved in sensitivity and vulnerability analyses relating to climate change or want to be involved in formulating a comprehensive national vulnerability analysis for Germany. Other authorities, professionals and state representatives are consulted as experts and notified of the progress of the project.


Caspar-Theyss-Strasse 14a
14193 Berlin

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Fields of action:
 agriculture  biological diversity  buildings  civil protection and disaster management  coastal and marine protection  energy infrastructure  financial services industry  fishery  human health and care  industry and commerce  soil  spatial planning, urban and settlement development  tourism industry  transport and transport infrastructure  water regime and water management  woodland and forestry  cross sectoral