Update: Scenarios Forum - Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures, 11-13 March 2019, Denver

At the 11-13 March 2019 our group leader Prof. Dr. Athanasios Vafeidis and the doctoral researchers Claudia Wolff, Jan Merkens and Lena Reimann were at the Scenarios Forum 2019 in Denver. The goal was to present new research and to exchange experience and ideas on scenarios with other researchers. The following presentations were held by our group, with the presentating person in bold:

  • Jan Merkens, Lena Reimann, Athanasios T. Vafeidis, Daniel Lincke, Jochen Hinkel, Sally Brown: Quantifying the exposure of population to coastal floods: Do gridded population scenarios yield additional information for impact assessment?
  • Claudia Wolff, Athanasios T. Vafeidis, George Vafeidis: Spatially explicit urbanization projections for the European Mediterranean coastal region.
  • Lena Reimann, Bryan Jones, Athanasios Vafeidis: Sea-level rise impacts on spatial population change under the SSP-RCP scenario framework.
  • Lena Reimann, Bente Vollstedt, Jana Koerth, Athanasios Vafeidis: Developing local socioeconomic scenarios using a multi-scale co-production approach.


Scenarios Forum - Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures, 11-13 March 2019, Denver

The first Scenarios Forum – Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures will be held at the University of Denver, Colorado, March 11-13, 2019.


We are happy to announce that we will host a research session (#14) entitled “Extending the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways for Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability research”. The session will be convened by representatives of the City University of New York and Kiel University, Germany.

Please see for the full session description. We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to this session.


The call for abstracts is now open. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, September 28, 2018.


Special issue of Regional Environmental Change and corresponding workshop in Kiel, 26-27 September 2018, Kiel

Special issue of Regional Environmental Change:

Assessment of the sustainability of complex social-ecological systems at different scales: methods, tools and approaches



The goal of this special issue is to analyse sustainability of complex social-ecological systems (SES) at different scales by using recently available innovative methods, tools and approaches. The special issue will emerge from a 2-day workshop in Kiel (during September 26-27, 2018) involving key interdisciplinary researchers in the field of SES.


Discussions for the workshop as well as for the special issue are expected to include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following topics:


  • Theoretical frameworks and their operationalization for assessing SES
  • Assessment of SES at different scales
  • Transdisciplinary approaches for assessing sustainability and resilience of SES by involving stakeholders.
  • SES and management of common pool resources
  • SES and management of public goods
  • Sustainability assessment of SES using Agent-Based modelling
  • Network analysis approach and SES
  • System dynamic approaches: comparison of participatory and data-driven approaches


Interested authors are encouraged to submit 1-2 pages of extended abstracts to the following guest editors of Regional Environmental Change via email by July 15, 2018 at the latest.

1. Dr. Animesh K. Gain. Email:  

2. Prof. Carlo Giupponi. Email:

3. Prof. Fabrice Renaud. Email:  

4. Prof. Athanasios Vafeidis. Email: