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Completed Research Projects

Goal of the ZUKUR project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is the development of contributions to improve climate reslience and socio-ecological justice within the Ruhr region on regional, urban, and quarter level.

The project is co-ordinated by Prof. Dr. Greiving (IRPUD). 10 departments of the School of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University are involved in the project. In addition, involved partners from practice are Ruhr Regional Association, the city of Bottrop, and the quarter Marten within the city of Dortmund.

The chair of Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning (MSc. Kristina Ohlmeyer & Prof. Dr. Dietwald Gruehn) is - among others - responsible for work package 7.1 (Development of Measures) und 7.3 (Scientific Evaluation of Measures)

The aim of this research project is to develop a method for an area-wide visual landscape assessment of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as basis for the landscape programme as well as the swamp protection plan. The project is funded by Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.


Gruehn, D. & Roth, M. (2008): Methoden-Vorstudie für eine flächendeckende Landschaftsbildanalyse und –bewertung in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern als Beitrag zum Gutachtlichen Landschaftsprogramm sowie zur Fortschreibung des Moorschutzkonzeptes. LLP-report 005. Dortmund. 27 S.

Aim of this EU-FP 7-project is to develop methodologies for scaling down the analysis of policy impacts on multifunctional land uses and economic activities to a regional and local level. Project co-ordindator is the French Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Research (CEMAGREF). 11 partners from 8 European countries are involved in the project.

Projected power plants at several locations in Germany are visualized according to a standardized methodology, to be able to assess their influence on landscape scenery.

The project "European Culture expressed in Agricultural Landscapes" (EucaLand) is funded by the EU within the programm "Culture 2007-2013". 42 partner institutions from 27 countries are involved in the project. They deal with the description, classification, assessment and development of agricultural landscapes from a cultural landscape point of view. More information will soon be available.

The project is aiming at a comprehensive concept for a functional connection of urban green spaces in the Ruhr area in the Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany.
It was triggered by the recognition that a development of green spaces and the reactivation of brownfields will be of vital importance for future urban planning. This is especially true for the Ruhr area where most cities are losing inhabitants and managing the increasing amount of free space will be essential to sustain urban life quality. On the other hand this development also provides a unique opportunity to strengthen sustainable urban development and improve housing and living conditions in deprived areas. The project aims to use green space development to built urban identity and improve the reputation of the Ruhr area. Work in this project is focused on:
-    The effect of green spaces for urban life quality
-    The effect of green spaces for recreation and human health
-    The effect of green spaces as corridor for urban wildlife.
A related planning procedure is run by the Regionalverband Ruhr, a regional planning association in the Ruhr area. The planning procedure is academically supported by the Chair for Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning at the University of Dortmund.

Funded by:
Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)


1 Jan 2007 - 31 Dec 2009
Prof. Dr. Dietwald Gruehn
Dipl.-Ing., Ass. d. L. Roland Finke
Dipl.-Ing. Sven Rannow
Co-operation Partner:
Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR)

The title stands for two projects which are strongly connected:

  • The Significance of Urban Open and Green Spaces on the Value of Properties and Real Estates, funded by Urban Development and Environmental Protection State Agency Hamburg
  • The Effect of Urban Open and Green Spaces on the Value of Properties and Real Estates, funded by German Federation of Parc and Recreation Administration (GALK)

Against the background of the completed research study (at Berlin University of Technology and Austrian Research Centers, Vienna) as well as the purpose of the project  to create a representative German wide data basis for the evaluation of property and real estate values, it is one project goal  to enlarge the data basis by about 10 more cities in cooperation with the already concerned cities of the former study. Afterwards the complete dataset has to be statistically evaluated and to be put down in a report. Additionally there will be a specific analysis of some of the cities.

Funded by:
German Federation of Parc and Recreation Administration (GALK)
Urban Development and Environmental Protection State Agency Hamburg
Project Management:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dietwald Gruehn
Working on the Project:
Dipl.-Ing. Anne Hoffmann
Dipl.-Ing. Sven Rannow

A GIS-based method of visibility analysis was developed and applied for the projected gas and steam turbine power plant. I a simulative environment, it can thus be investigated from which locations around the projected power plant, the buildings (i.e. especially the chimneys of 75 m height and the boiler houses of 40 m height) are visible.


The GIS-based visibility analysis was based on the methodology described by ROTH (2002), which is a further development of the method published by WEIDENBACH (1999).

A digital landscape model and a digital elevation model (ATKIS-DLM und ATKIS-DGM) and a georeferenced situation and height plan of the projected powerplant were contained int he GIS dataset.


ROTH, M. (2002): Möglichkeiten des Einsatzes geografischer Informationssysteme zur Analyse, Bewertung und Darstellung des Landschaftsbildes. In: Natur und Landschaft 77 (4): S. 154-160.

WEIDENBACH, M. (1999): Geographische Informationssysteme und Neue Digitale Medien in der Landschaftsplanung. Forstwissenschaftliche Fakultät der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München: Dissertation. Berlin: Logos-Verlag. 252 S.

Funded by:
Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG

Project Duration:
01.04.2007 - 31.08.2007

Michael Roth, Dipl.-Ing.
Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor

Co-operating Partner:
Multimediale raumbezogene Planung


The projects focusses on Impact Regulation and Landscape Planning as Legal Nature Protection Instruments according to the Legislative Reform of German Constitution. Result of the project is a proposal for a conceptual and legislative further development of Impact Regulation and Landscape planning under German Federal Nature Protection Law.

Gruehn, D., Finke, R. & Roth, M. (2008): Landschaftsplanung im Bundesnaturschutzgesetz nach der Föderalismusreform. LLP-report 004. Dortmund. 64 S.

Funded by:
Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN)

Project Duration:
15.11.2006 - 30.09.2007

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dietwald Gruehn
Dipl.-Ing., Ass. d. L. Roland Finke
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Michael Roth

Co-operating Partner:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Köck
     (Uni Leipzig/UFZ Leipzig-Halle)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Wolf
     (TU Bergakademie Freiberg)

Location & approach

The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund Central Station and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.