Birgit Gerkensmeier

Birgit Gerkensmeier
Landesbetrieb Straßen, Brücken und Gewässer · Gewässer und Hochwasserschutz

Master of Science

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External surges are a key component of extreme water levels in the North Sea. Caused by low pressure cells over the North Atlantic and amplified at the continental shelf, they can drive water level changes of more than one meter at the British, Dutch and German coast. This work describes an improved and automated method to detect external surges in...
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In this report, local climate service components are evaluated. In CoCliServ, local climate service components are 1) local narratives (input from WP1) and 2) existing climate information and services (assessed in task 3.1.). For each case study site, local narratives of change are evaluated according to potential entry points for local contextuali...
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We explored different issues and trends at play in the case study areas that might be relevant for designing local scenarios. Particularly, we examined both climate-related and non-climate related aspects, and aspects that the local community has considerable influence on as well as those that are largely beyond their control. These different aspec...
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Risk management processes increasingly call for enhanced stakeholder participation, and aim to integrate different risk perceptions, concerns and interests. Frequently, this goal is driven by the increased complexity of risk management processes, as risk management processes continuously have to deal with multi-risk situations including impacts res...
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Scientific literature calls for a shift from exclusively technical towards enhanced social processes in risk management to cope with the challenges of increased complex governance regimes wherein different interests of contrasting institutions need to be considered, balanced and negotiated. However, practical implementation of this integrative pers...
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Purpose The trilateral Wadden Sea Region (WSR), extending from Den Helder in the Netherlands, along the German North Sea coast, to Esbjerg in Denmark, constitutes a unique but vulnerable coastal landscape. Vulnerability to environmental and societal risks is expected to increase in coming decades with encompassing new challenges such as demographic...
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This work assesses the capacity of the German North Sea coast community, which has been hit by several disastrous storm surge events in the past, to organise itself before, during, and after storm surge events in order to minimise the impacts. By means of a survey-based method, we explore stakeholders' perception regarding the risk and emergency ma...
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A brief overview of the joint research project XtremRisK is given. The project has been focusing on developing/improving/expanding the knowledge, methods and models with respect to (i) physically possible extreme storm surge for current conditions and scenarios for climate change, (ii) failure mechanisms of flood defenses, (iii) assessment of intan...
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The North Sea coast is seriously threatened by storm surges. Climate change and its consequences, such as rising sea level, will have a serious impact on the safety of people and economic assets in coastal areas. The uncertainties resulting from these consequences necessitate new concepts for coastal protection, together with new extreme storm surg...
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The North Sea coast is seriously threatened by storm surges. Climate change and its consequences, such as a rising sea level, will have serious effects on the safety of people and economic assets in coastal areas. Within the joint research project XtremRisK (bmbf-funded) the Agency of roads bridges and Waters of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hambu...

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ENHANCE aims at developing and analysing new ways to enhance society’s resilience to catastrophic natural hazard impacts. For this, the project will analyze new multi-sector partnerships (MSPs) between public and private sectors, with an important role for the financial sector (e.g. insurers). The hazards are related to heat waves, forest fires, flood, drought, storm surge, and volcanic eruptions. The project delivers: • New risk based scenarios of hazards and socio-economic trends in collaboration with stakeholders in 10 case studies. • Concepts for new multi-sector partnerships that reduce or redistribute risks. • Policy Recommendations, with support from our key partner UNISDR.