ITAS 06-19: Master Thesis: Resilience of urban forests to climate change, urbanization, and pollution: a global review (in GrüneLunge project)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe, Germany

Work group:

Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Area of research:

Diploma & Master Thesis

Job description:

Urban forests are vital to provide multiple ecosystem services. They cool our urban environment, purify air, and increase aesthetic value and many more. Therefore, they are often termed as Green Lung or Grüne Lunge of a city. Urban forests are currently under threat of urbanization, climate change impacts and pollution. Increasing resilience of urban forests is considered as an adaptation strategy.

In this master thesis, you will do a global literature review to know the current state of the arts of resilience in urban forests. We will use a set of indicators to measure resilience. You will carry out a quantitative and qualitative global review of the published literature available in bibliographic repositories (e.g. ISI Web of Knowledge, Scholar Google, CAB Abstracts, etc.). This timely review will help stakeholders of urban forests to get a broad idea of challenges related to resilience and ways to increase it.


Searching, selecting, saving articles (1 month)Data extraction from articles and database preparation (1 month)Statistical analyses and qualitative assessment (1 month)Thesis writing (3 months) (Remark: thesis can be written in German or in English)Good command in English and prior knowledge in statistical software like SPSS, R, etc.High competence in MS Office or similar programs is a pre-requisite.Good knowledge in reference management program (e.g. Endnote/Zotero/Citavi etc.)Good skill in GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS/Q-GIS etc.)Prior educational background in forestry, geography, geoecology, or related disciplinesContract Duration

6 months

Contact person in line-management

Dr. Somidh Saha, ITAS-KIT,
Telefone 0721/608-24644  (E-Mail:   

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