Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise Research Group
Jana is a geographer with an interdisciplinary background. After having studied geography, psychology and landscape development, she did her PhD in climate impact research including a social scientific perspective. She has always focused on the interrelation of humans and their environment especially regarding increasing risk.
Her diploma thesis emphasized the risk perception of coastal residence along the German Baltic Coast. A crucial issue in her work was the fact that the probability of a storm surge at the Baltic Coast is decreasing while the vulnerability at particular coastal units is increasing. Her dissertation focused on proactive climate adaptation behavior of coastal inhabitants in Argentina, Greece, Denmark and Germany as well as reasons and intentions for adaption behavior. A model from health psychology was included in her work. In her postdoctoral qualification, she is currently investigating how to develop climate services so that they contribute to the decision making process of climate adaptation means on a local scale.
Her methodological emphasis is on quantitative empirical social research. Additionally, she is interested in integrated climate adaptation management including risk and uncertainty. She has a longstanding teaching experience as she taught topics of the modules: Climate Change and Society, Social Research Methods and Physical Geography.
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
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An increase in flood risk induced by sea-level rise will enhance exposure of coastal residents. Public adaptation in the form of protection , often being the classical approach of adapting to sea-level rise related impacts, could be cost-ineffective in the future in many areas, especially in those areas with complex morphology or limited adaptive capacity. Being either an alternative or a supplement, household-level adaptation can play a vital role in reducing vulnerability as a part of an accommodation strategy.
The initial objectives of the project were firstly a quantification of adaptation applied on household-level; secondly, an assessment of the socio-demographic and cognitive drivers of adaptation behaviour, which stem from psychological health behaviour research; and thirdly, to explore adaptation intention of coastal residents for the future by applying a scenario based approach. For the scope of her research, Jana conducted surveys using standardized questionnaires, addressed to residents located in different coastal regions such as the Aegean Sea, the estuary of Rio de la Plata and the North Sea coast. In the following, Jana analyzed the data with regard to further questions which arose from the research process by applying descriptive, inferential and multivariate statistical methods.