Jan Merkens

Jan Merkens

Doctoral Researchers

Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise Research Group

Jan started to study economics and changed to geography after completing his first degree. He obtained his BSc (2012) and MSc (2014) at Kiel University, specializing in environmental analysis and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). For his bachelor thesis he used a GIS approach to estimate the potential power generation from onshore wind turbines for the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. In his master thesis he assessed the impact of a 100y storm surge on population and assets in Tampa Bay, Florida. In April 2014 Jan joined the CRSLR research group to do his PhD.
Jan is involved in the FP7 project RISES-AM (Responses to coastal climate change: Innovate Strategies for high End Scenarios – Adaptation and Mitigation). His research focus lies on risk assessment. In particular, Jan analyses population changes in the low elevation coastal zone (LECZ). He aims to develop projections for future coastal population to assess the impact of climate change on future coastal communities.

MERKENS, J.-L., VAFEIDIS, A. (2018): Using Information on Settlement Patterns to Improve the Spatial Distribution of Population in Coastal Impact Assessments. Sustainability 10(9):3170. doi:10.3390/su10093170
NICHOLLS, R., BROWN, S., GOODWIN, P., WAHL, T., LOWE, J., SOLAN, M., GODBOLD, J., HAIGH, I., LINCKE, D., HINKEL, J., WOLFF, C. and J. MERKENS (2018): Stabilization of global temperature at 1.5°C and 2.0°C: implications for coastal areas. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 376. doi:10.1098/rsta.2016.0448.
REIMANN, L., MERKENS, J.L. and A.T. VAFEIDIS (2018): Regionalized Shared Socioeconomic Pathways: Narratives and spatial population projections for the Mediterranean coastal zone. In: Regional Environmental Change 18 (1), p. 235-245. doi: 10.1007/s10113-017-1189-2.
MERKENS, J.-L., REIMANN, L., HINKEL, J. and A. VAFEIDIS (2016): Gridded population projections for the coastal zone under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways. In: Global and Planetary Change 175, p. 57-66. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.08.009.

Jan Merkens

Geographisches Institut

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Ludewig-Meyn-Str. 14

24098 Kiel


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