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Megacity Research Ho Chi Minh City

Funding: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Duration: 01.07.2008 – 30.06.2013

Because of its topographic location, Vietnam is extremely endangered by climate change, like international comparison studies show. Especially the metropolises and economic centres of the country – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) – are affected. Within its fund “Sustainable Development of the Megacities of Tomorrow” the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) granted the project “Megacity Research TP. Ho Chi Minh” with a runtime of five years in July 2008 which has been coordinated by the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus. A team led by Prof. Dr. N. X. Thinh participates in the project by working on two work packages (Urban Flooding and Urban Energy).

At the moment the metropolitan area of HCMC suffers from flooding with novel forms of inundation. The team headed by Prof. Dr. N. X. Thinh will identify areas of conflict during different inundation situations for the study area of HCMC and derive risk maps.

With about eight million inhabitants and an annual economic growth of more than 10%, as well as booming construction activities, HCMC alone claims a quarter of the entire energy consumption in Vietnam. Therefore the topic energy is of major importance to a highly dynamic megacity like HCMC.

The aim of the subtask “Urban Flooding” is to build a geo database for flood management and to create flood hazard maps for HCMC. In the subtask “Urban Energy”, together with the Vietnamese partners, the spatial distribution of the energy consumption in the residential sector of HCMC is to be determined and analysed as well as the energy production and the structure of the energy sources.

Research Questions

  1. How can flood hazards in HCMC be exactly spatially localized?
  2. Which urban structure types can be identified for HCMC regarding a sufficiently exact modelling of the energy consumption in the residential sector?
  3. With which accuracy and confidence can energy relevant data be collected in HCMC?
  4. Which energy relevant development statements and recommendations for actions can be derived for the improvement of the energy and climate efficiency of residential areas of HCMC considering the local context?

The applied methods encompass mainly geodata processing, the analysis of radar data, the mapping of urban structure types, the classification of buildings, energy modelling and scenario techniques.



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The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Cam­pus, while the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Cam­pus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Cam­pus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße is appropriate. If you turn from Baroper Straße into Au­gust-Schmidt Straße, you have the opportunity to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Cam­pus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Cam­pus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Cam­pus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Cam­pus is served by the Cam­pus Süd stop. 
A connection to Cam­pus North is also provided. Line 2 shuttles between Cam­pus North and Cam­pus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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