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Prof. Dr. Jürgen P. Kropp

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung
Telegrafenberg A31
D-14412 Potsdam

Phone: +49 331 288-2526 oder 2664
Fax: +49 331 288-20709

Research Interests
Analysis of man-environment interactions, design and limits for transition pathways towards sustainability, standardized vulnerability assessments, adaptation research

Academic Training

1986 – 1992 MSc. in Chemistry (University of Oldenburg)
Dr. rer. nat. in Theoretical Physics (University of Potsdam)

Professional Experience

1993 – 1998 Research associate at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Reserach, Potsdam
1998 – 2001
Postdoctoral fellow at Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Environment, Mathematical Modeling Group, University of Oldenburg
2001 – 2004
Senior scientist at Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Gießen, and Scientific staff to the Scientific Advisory Board on Global Change to the Federal Government, Berlin
2005 – dato
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Head: North-South Research Group

Professional Service (University)

2007 - 2011 Lecturer at Humboldt University, Berlin
2008 - 2010
Visiting Professor: Mahidol University, Bangkok/Thailand
2009 – 2010 Member of Steering Committee Potsdam Research Cluster on Geosrisk Analysis, Climate Change and Sustainabitly

Other Professional Service Activities (national and international)

Council of Europe/Chamber of the Regions: Consultant/Report Template: Climate Change: building adapative capacity of local and regional authorities
2010 Honorable Member of the concluding Panel of Int. Conference on Climate Change & Development at President's Residency Aiwan-e-Sadr Islamabad/Pakistan (Panel Members: President Asif Ali Zardari, Environmental Minister Afridi, J. Kropp PIK, State Secretary Environment Malik. United Nations Country Director Tanaka)
2010 Scientific committee member "Climate 2008 and 2010" conference
2010 - 2011 Scientific Advisory Board World Landslide Forum / International Programme on Landslides of UNESCO, ICSU, WMO, FAO, UNISDR, UNO
since 2011 German Theme Lead: Cities, Climate-KIC
2011 Honorable Chief Guest and Member of the Opening Panel (together with the Chief Minister S. Gowda and his Excellency Governor Dr. Bhardwaj of the State of Karnataka) on the "Int. Alexander Humboldt Conference on Adaptation and Mitigation of impacts of Climate Change" on the occasion of 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Federal Republic of Germany and India, All-India Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore/India

Honors, Awards, Nominations and Special Appointments (Selection)

2010 Offer for a full professorship at Griffith University/Brisbane and coincidentally Deputy Director of the National Climate Change Adaption Research Facility of Australia
Amber Tree Award of the European Union INTERREG IIIB Program for implementing a visionary project bringing togehter scientists, planners and politicans

Selected invited lectures (last 12 months)

  • Key note lecture on the inaugural session on "Int. Alexander Humboldt Conf. on Adaptation and Mitigation of impacts of Climate Change" Bangalore/India (October 2011) Key note lecture on the inaugural session of "2nd World Conference on Cities & Adaptation to Climate Change: Resilient Cities 2011" Bonn/Germany (June 2011)
  • Key note lecture & session chair (How to reconcile climate protection, adaptation and sustainable development) on the Int. Conf. on Climate Change & Development in Islamabad/Pakistan (October 2010)
  • Key note on `Climate Change Challenges for India ́ followed by an intervention of Nitin Desai (former Undersecretary-General of United Nations) on a High Tea Event of the Indian Forum of the Parliamentarians in New Delhi (March 2010)
  • Session chair and key note (Transition to sustainability: how to derive blueprints for a climate friendly and sustainable development) on the Second International Conference on Climate, Sustainability and Sustainable Development in semiarid regions Fortaleza/Brazil (August 2010)
  • Panel Member & Key note Speaker on the "Int. Conference on Changing Environment: Challenges for the Society". (ICENR 2010), Mahidol University, Bangkok/Thailand (November 2010)

Selected peer-reviewed publications/books/chapters

  • Costa L, Kropp JP (2011): Linking operations and definitions of vulnerability: Lessons from case studies in climate-change and risk-hazard context. Sustainability Science [in press].
  • Boettle M, Kropp JP, Reiber L, Roithmeier O, Rybski D, Walther C (2011): About the influence of elevation model quality on estimated flood damages: results from the Kalundberg case study. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, [in press].
  • Costa L, Rybski D, Kropp JP (2011): A Human Development Framework for CO2 Reductions. PlosOne, [in press].
  • Olonscheck M., Holsten A., Kropp J.P. (2011): Heating and cooling energy demand and emissions of the German residential building stock under climate change. Energy Policy. DOI:10.1016/j.enpol.2011.06.041, [online first].
  • Förster H., Sterzel T.J., Pape C.A., Moneo-Lain M., Niemeyer I., Boer R., Kropp J.P. (2011): Sea-level rise in Indonesia: Three perspectives on adaptation priorities in the agricultural sector. Regional Environmental Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-011-0226-9, [online first].
  • Klaus M, Holsten A, Hostert P., Kropp J.P. (2011): An integrated methodology to assess windthrow impacts on forest stands under climate change. Forest Ecology and Management, 261: 1799-1810
  • Kropp J.P., Walker G., Menoni S., Kallache M., Deeming H., de Roo A., Atun F., Kundak S. (2011): Risk Futures in Europe. Chapt 5, p. 187-244. in: Menoni S. & Margottini C. (eds.): Inside Risk: A Strategy for Sustainable Risk Mitigation, Springer, Berlin, 364pp.
  • Rybski D. Holsten A, Kropp J.P. (2011): Towards a unified characterization of phenological phases: fluctuations and correlations with temperature. Physica A 390(4): 680-688
  • Lissner T, Holsten A, Walther C, Kropp JP (2011): Towards sectoral and standardised vulnerability assessments: the example of heatwave impacts on human health. Climatic Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0231-5, [online first].
  • Kropp, J.P. and Schellnhuber, H.J. (eds.) (2011): In Extremis: Disruptive Events and Correlations in Hydrology and Climate (with own chapters), Springer, Berlin, 320 pp.
  • Rybski, D., Rozenfeld, H.D., Kropp, J.P. (2010): Quantifying long-range correlations in complex networks beyond nearest neighbors. Europhysics Letters, 90: 28002.
  • Birkmann J, Buckle P, Jaeger J, Pelling M, Setiadi N, Garschagen M & Fernando N., Kropp J.P. (2010): Extreme Events and Disasters: A Window of Opportunity? Analysis of changes, formal and informal responses after mega-disasters. Natural Hazards 55(3): 637-655
  • Costa, L., Tekken, V., Kropp, J.P. (2009): Threat of sea-level rise: costs and benefits of adaptation in European Union coastal countries. Journal of Coastal Research 56: 223-227.
  • Kropp, J.P. and Schellnhuber, H.J. (2007): Prototyping of Broad-Scale Climate and Ecosystem Classes by Means of Self-Organising Maps. in: P. Agarwal & A. Skupin (Eds.) Self-Organising Maps: Applications in Geographic Information Sciences, 216pp., Wiley & Sons, New York.
  • Kropp, J.P. and Scheffran, J. (eds.) (2007): Advanced Methods for Decision Making and Risk Management in Sustainability Science. Nova Science Publ., New York, 288pp
  • Eisenack, K., Scheffran, J., Kropp, J.P. (2006): Viability Analysis of Management Frameworks for Fisheries. Environmental Modelling and Assessment, 11(1):69-79.
  • Eisenack, K., Welsch, H. and Kropp, J.P. (2006): A qualitative dynamical modelling approach to capital accumulation in unregulated fisheries. Journal for Economic Dynamics and Control: 30, 2613-2636.
  • Kropp, J.P., Block, A., Reusswig, F., Zickfeld, K. & Schellnhuber, H.J. (2006): Semiquantitative Assessment of Regional Climate Vulnerability: The North Rhine - Westphalia Study. Climatic Change. 76(3-4):265-290.

Research Interests

Sustainable Development; Environmental Policy

Academic Training

1960 – 1964 Diploma in Economics (Mainz, Frankfurt a. M., Münster)

1964 – 1968 PhD in Regional Policy and Location Decision (University of Münster)

Professional Experience

1971 – 1978 Head of Division for Planning and Information, Staatskanzlei Saarland

1978 – 1979 Director of the Institut für Raumforschung und Landesplanung, University of Münster

1978 – 1985 State Secretary in the Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Environment, Rheinland-Pfalz

1985 – 1987 Minister for Environment and Health, Rheinland-Pfalz

1987 – 1994 Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Security

1994 – 1998 Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development

1998 – 2006 Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP in Nairobi

Since 2009/10 Founding Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS).

Consultancy in National and International Committees

Consultancy in development policy in Egypt, Malawi, Brazil, and Jordan

Professional Service (University)

1971 – 1978 Visiting Professor at the Academy for Administrative Sciences, Speyer

1978 – 1979 Full Professor at the Institut für Raumforschung und Landesplanung, University of Hannover

1985 – 1986 Honorary Professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

Since 2005 Honorary Professor at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen

Since 2007 Professor for Environment and Sustainable Development at the Tongji University, Shanghai

Since 2010 Visiting Professor at the Frank-Loeb-Institut, Universität Landau

Other Professional Service Activities (national and international)

1978 – 1979 Member of the the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) and of the Administrative Council of the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau

Since 2001 Member of the Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)

Honors, Awards, Nominations and Special Appointments (Selection)

1990 Great Federal Cross of Merit

1998 Honorary Doctorate, Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus

2002 German Environment Award of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt

2002 - 2007 Honorary Doctorate, Free University, Berlin; University of Duisburg-Essen;

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University, Hannover; Contemporary Technical

University, Lausanne; Technical University Bergakademie, Freiberg

2008 German Sustainability Award for his lifework

Selected Invited Lectures (last 12 months)

University of Koblenz-Landau, Tongji University, Free University Berlin, Academy of Sciences Hamburg, University of Duisburg-Essen, University of Oldenburg, University of Halle

Selected peer-reviewed publications

Töpfer, K., 1969. Regionalpolitik und Standortentscheidung. Die Beeinflussung privater Pläne, dargestellt an der unternehmerischen Standortentscheidungen. Bertelsmann Universitätsverlag.

Töpfer, K. & Jansen, P.G., 1970. Zur Bestimmung von Mängeln der gewachsenen Infrastruktur. Jochimsen, R. & Simonis, U. E. (eds.), Theorie und Praxis der Infrastrukturpolitik (Schriften des Vereins für Sozialpolitik), Berlin, pp. 401-426.

Töpfer, K., 1988. Ökologische Modernisierung des Industriestaates aus der Sicht des Bundes. Ellwein et al. (eds.), Jahrbuch zur Staats- und Verwaltungswissenschaft, vol. 2, Baden Baden, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, pp. 239-276.

Töpfer, K., 1989. Zur Funktion von Abgaben in der Umweltpolitik. Sonderveröffentlichung des Finanzwissenschaftlichen Forschungsinstituts an der Universität zu Köln, Nr. 17, Köln.

Töpfer, K., 1989. Europäischer Binnenmarkt, Energieversorgung und Schutz der Umwelt, Zeitschrift für Energiewirtschaft, vol. 13, Braunschweig, pp. 178-186.

Töpfer, K., Bauer, F., 2007. Arche in Aufruhr: Was wir tun müssen, um die Erde zu retten. Fischer Verlag.