As a member of the Northern German Coastal and Climate Office, Birgit Gerkensmeier works for the Co-Cli-Serv project, which focuses on ‘Co-development of place-based climate services for action’. The project investigates novel ways to transform climate science into action-oriented climate services to engage, enable and empower local communities, knowledge brokers and scientists to act locally.
Birgit has gained experience in storm surge research and research on risk perception and awareness in coastal areas within different projects. In her PhD thesis she analysed the role of multi-stakeholder processes in the complex decision-making systems in coastal risk management. In this context, insights from the cross-national Wadden Sea Region provided the basis for a conceptual discussion about coastal risk management understood as more than a technical endeavour but as a socially embedded and collaborative process.
- Coastal management
- Regional Climate Services
- Stakeholders in decision-making processes
- Gerkensmeier, B., & Ratter, B.M.W. (2018): Governing coastal risks as a social process - Facilitating integrative risk management by enhanced multi-stakeholder collaboration. Environmental Science & Policy, Volume 80, February 2018, Pages 144-151, ISSN 1462-9011, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2017.11.011
- Gerkensmeier, B., Ratter, B., Vollmer, M., & Walsh, C. (2017): Risk management as a social process: Insights from the trilateral Wadden Sea Region. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, Vol 27, 1, pp. 15-27. doi:10.1108/DPM-04-2017-0074
- González-Riancho, P., Gerkensmeier, B., & Ratter, B. (2017): Storm Surge resilience and the Sendai Framework: risk perception, intention to prepare and enhanced collaboration along the German North Sea coast. Ocean & Coastal Management, Vol 141, pp. 118-131, doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.03.006
- Gerkensmeier, B., Ratter, B., & Vollmer, M. (2016): Trilateral (flood) risk management in the Wadden Sea Region; In: ENHANCE (2016). Novel Multi-Sector Partnerships in Disaster Risk Management. Results of the ENHANCE project. Aerts, J., & Mysiak, J. (eds). EU FP7 project ENHANCE. pp. 346, Brussels, chapter 11, pp. 210-231
- Gerkensmeier, B., & Ratter, B.M.W. (2016): Multi-risk, multi-scale and multi-stakeholder – Contribution of the bow-tie analysis in risk management processes in the trilateral Wadden Sea Region, Journal of Coastal Conservation, doi:10.1007/s11852-016-0454-8
- González-Riancho, P., Gerkensmeier, B., Ratter, B.M.W., Mauricio, G.; & Raúl, M. (2015): Storm surge risk perception and resilience. A pilot study in the German North Sea coast. Ocean & Coastal Management, 112 (2015) 44-60, doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.05.004