Researchers working under the leadership of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have conducted the first precise and comprehensive measurements of sea level rises in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. A new method now makes it possible to determine sea level changes with millimeter accuracy even in coastal areas and in case of sea ice coverage. This is of vital importance for planning protective measures.
The latest developments at TUM for a more sustainable future: Research findings, technical innovations, degree programs – as well as our commitment at home and in our global network.
The circular economy can have a decisive impact on Germany achieving its climate, resource conservation and sustainability targets. The Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland has now published recommendations for policy makers, the private sector and researchers. Prof. Magnus Fröhling of the TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability is part of this initiative. In this interview he explains how a circular economy can get underway.
An enzyme could make a dream come true for the energy industry: It can efficiently produce hydrogen using electricity and can also generate electricity from hydrogen. The enzyme is protected by embedding it in a polymer. An international research team with significant participation of scientists from Technical University of Munich (TUM) has presented the system in the renowned science journal Nature Catalysis.
A 2020 study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) used satellite data to assess forest cover and claimed an abrupt increase in the harvested forest in Europe from 2016. The authors suggested that this increase resulted from expanding wood markets. A new study shows now that forest harvest has increased by just 6 percent in recent years, not 69 percent as reported by the JRC.
A sustainable campus: to transform this ideal into something more concrete than a vision for the future, a committed group of students is breaking new ground – literally, and right in front of the Audimax in Munich. With "Plant a Seed" they want to turn the university into a seedbed for green growth. A participatory initiative in which teaching, research and active dialog on central issues of our society go hand in hand. And the raised beds on campus are just the beginning.
A computer scientist working on climate action and the common good economy; a medical scientist studying the basics of artificial intelligence; a biologist learning how to start her own business: TUM's new plug-in modules combine professional expertise with bigger picture thinking. The first courses in the new format will be offered in the summer semester.
To illustrate the effects of climate change on nature at a glance, scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are now presenting Green Warming Stripes for the first time. Annette Menzel, Professor of Ecoclimatology at the TUM, explains in an interview how we can interpret them and what they mean.
"People should be enabled to make informed decisions," says Katharina Tartler, founder of the university group "VACCtion". The team provides scientifically proven information to those who are skeptical or uncertain about vaccinations. The online lectures are particularly in demand at schools.
Unlike the classic bicycle, the handbike is powered by the arms and is one of the most popular pieces of sports equipment among paraplegics. But there's one major drawback: While on the go with a handbike, the rider has no wheelchair handy, for example to go shopping or go to a restroom. The new hybrid "BikAble" design, developed at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), combines the functions of the sports apparatus and the wheelchair.
The rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and concurrent climate change has led to yield reductions of grass-rich grassland vegetation in the past century. This observation was made by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) who, working jointly with colleagues from Rothamsted (U.K.), conducted a study on the world’s oldest permanent ecological experiment there.