Lena Reimann

Lena Reimann

Doctoral Researchers

Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise Research Group

Lena comes from an interdisciplinary background, having studied Geography and English at Kiel University. In her Master’s thesis she conducted a GIS-based vulnerability assessment of Salt Lake City’s population to air pollution caused by temperature inversion events. Lena has joined the CRSLR research group in April 2015 in order to pursue her PhD. She is working on regionalizing large-scale datasets for the analysis of potential socioeconomic impacts of sea-level rise in coastal locations. More specifically, Lena develops regional socioeconomic scenarios and spatially explicit population projections that differentiate between coastal versus inland population development based on the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs). Lena is further interested in additional indicators of socioeconomic vulnerability in coastal locations such as the presence of UNESCO World Heritage, which is an important vulnerability indicator due to its high intangible value. Lena has assembled a spatial database of UNESCO World Heritage in low-lying coastal areas and has analyzed the risks of coastal flooding and erosion until 2100, based on a set of sea-level rise scenarios.


As part of a Fulbright doctoral scholarship, Lena is currently working as a visiting researcher at Baruch College at the City University of New York (CUNY). During her stay, she develops SSP-based population scenarios for the 21st century, using a large-scale demographic downscaling model. These scenarios account for the impacts of sea-level rise on spatial population change under a range of adaptation assumptions.


REIMANN, L., VAFEIDIS, A.T., BROWN, S., HINKEL, J., TOL, R.S.J. (2018): Mediterranean UNESCO World Heritage at risk from coastal flooding and erosion due to sea-level rise. In: Nature Communications 9, 4161. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06645-9.
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, 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.

Lena Reimann

Geographisches Institut

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Ludewig-Meyn-Str. 14

D-24098 Kiel


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