Dr. Michael Richter

Umweltgerechte Stadt- und Infrastrukturplanung

Professional focus

Climate research

Sponge city concepts

Blue-green urban infrastructures

Building greening



Professional Career

Since 2014

Research associate HafenCity Universität Hamburg (HCU); Department Environmentally Sound Urban and Infrastructure Planning, research project "Development of a Green Roof Strategy for Hamburg - Scientific Supervision"

2009 - 2014

Research associate HafenCity University Hamburg; Department Urban and Regional Planning, research project "Plan B:altic - Climate Change and Spatial Development - Adaptation strategies of urban and regional planning in urban regions of the Baltic Sea coast" 


Published Works

Dickhaut W., Richter M. (2020) Decentralized Stormwater Management: Experiences with Various Measures in Germany. In: Wang F., Prominski M. (eds) Water-Related Urbanization and Locality. Springer, Singapore. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-3507-9_9

BlueGreenStreets (Hrsg.) (2020): BlueGreenStreets als multicodierte Strategie zur Klimafolgenan-passung  –  Wissenstand  2020. Statusbericht im  Rahmen  der  BMBF-Fördermaßnahme „Ressourceneffiziente Stadtquartiere für die Zukunft“ (RES:Z). link

Richter, M.; Dickhaut, W.; Eckart, J.; Knoop, L.; Voß, T. (2020): Projekt BlueGreenStreets - Erhöhung der Ressourceneffizienz urbaner Quartiere durch multifunktionale Straßenraumgestaltung. Transforming Cities, 4(1): 64-69. link

Richter, M.; Dickhaut, W. (2019): RISA-Pilotprojekt zur dezentralen Regenwasserbewirtschaftung. GebäudeGrün, 2, 10-14.

Richter, M.; Dickhaut, W. (2019): Entwicklung einer Hamburger Gründachstrategie - Wissenschaftliche Begleitung - Wasserwirtschaft & Übertragbarkeit. Abschlussbericht des BMUB-Foschungsprojekts, 65 S. link

Richter, M.; Kruse, E.; Rodriguez Castillejos, Z. (2017): Das Gründach als Schwamm und Klimaanlage in der Stadt. Transforming Cities, 2(1), 68-73. link

Richter, M.; Dickhaut, W. (2016): Evaluation of green roof hydrologic performance for rainwater run-off management in Hamburg. Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, Hamburg 07th-11th March, pp. 536-545. download full conference proceedings

Davidse, B.-J.; Richter, M.; Bornholdt, H.; Dickhaut, W. (2016): On your roofs - get set - green! Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, Hamburg 07th-11th March, pp. 902-911. download full conference proceedings

Richter, M. (2015): Urban climate change-related effects on extreme heat events in Rostock, Germany. Urban Ecosystems, 19(2), pp. 846-866. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-015-0508-y http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11252-015-0508-y#

Deppisch, S.; Beichler, S.; Davidse, B.J.; Othengrafen, M.; Richter, M.; Schulz, L.; Hasibovic, S.; Hagemeier-Klose, M.; Wibbeling, P. (2015): Klimawandel und Raumentwicklung: Anpassungsstrategien der Stadt- und Regionalplanung in Stadtregionen der Küstenzone am Beispiel des Ostseeraumes.Schlussbericht plan B:altic. HafenCity Universität Hamburg. ISBN: 978-3-941722-25-5. Online verfügbar unter: http://edoc.sub.uni-hamburg.de/hcu/volltexte/2015/245/

Deppisch, S.; Juhola, S.; Janßen, H.; Richter, M. (2015): Socio-economic Impacts—Urban Complexes. In: BACC II Author Team (ed) Second Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin. Springer, Cham Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London, pp 411–423. Online verfügbar unter: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-16006-1

Hagemeier-Klose, M.; Albers, M.; Richter, M.; Deppisch, S. (2013): Szenario-Planung als Instrument einer "klimawandelangepassten" Stadt- und Regionalplanung – Einflussfaktorenanlyse und Szenarienkonstruktion im Stadt-Umland-Raum Rostock. In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung, Vol. 71, Nr. 5, S. 413-426.

Richter, M.; Deppisch, S.; von Storch, H. (2013): Observed Changes in Long-Term Climatic Conditions and Inner-Regional Differences in Urban Regions of the Baltic Sea Coast. In: Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, 3 (2), S. 165-176. Online verfügbar unter: http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperDownload.aspx?paperID=30764

Richter, M.; Albers, M.; Deppisch, S. (2012): Decisions in light of climate change: The CLUC-model as a tool for spatial planning. AESOP Conference Paper, AESOP 26th Annual Congress 2012: “Planning to achieve – planning to avoid”, Ankara, Türkei, 11-15.07.2012.

Richter, M. (2011): Klimawirkungen und Szenarien – Zukunftsvisionen als „Werkzeug“ zur Anpassung? In: Sonja Deppisch (Hrsg.): Transdisziplinäre Impulse zur Anpassung von Stadtregionen an die Folgen des Klimawandels. Neopolis working papers: urban and regional studies, 11, HafenCity Universität Hamburg: Hamburg, S. 33-36.

Completed Research Projects

"Development of a Green Roof Strategy for Hamburg - Scientific Supervision"

Green roofs offer a whole range of ecological and economic advantages over conventional roofs. Their thermal properties help reduce the urban heat island effect and also reduce energy used for heating and cooling buildings. Furthermore, green roofs reduce noise, filter pollutants out of the air and open up unused spaces. Green roofs can also partially take over lost functions of natural habitats or stepping stone biotopes in urban areas and therefore contribute to the increase of biodiversity. The focus of this project is the contribution to urban hydrology. Green roofs catch rainwater and increase its evaporation on roof surfaces. As a result, discharge points due to heavy rainfalls are reduced and delayed, which reduces the risk of inland flooding and the urban water cycle can be approximated to that of a natural catchment area.

The department for "Environmentally Sound Urban and Infrastructure Planning" at the HafenCity University of Hamburg (HCU) is working together with the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment in the development of Hamburg's green roof strategy, which is one of the main pillars of Hamburg's climate change adaptation plan. The main focus of the tasks of the HCU is in the modules "Water Management" and "Transferability". Research results and practical experiences on water management effectiveness of green roofs are currently worked on. Hamburg's strategy is to be assessed by comparing it to experiences in other cities, as well as the possibilities for transferring Hamburg's approaches. The continuous, long-term measurement program of precipitation and discharge at the new HCU building site is intended to provide information about runoff and deceleration of water, especially during heavy rain events.


Research group "Plan B:altic - Climate Change and Spatial Development - Adaptation strategies of urban and regional planning in urban regions of the Baltic Sea coast" (BMBF) (2009 -2014)

Contact information

Überseeallee 16
20457 Hamburg


Tel.: 040-42827-5335