Dr Barbara Neumann
Barbara is a research associate in the Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise (CRSLR) working group of the Department of Geography at Kiel University in Germany. Barbara studied geography, biogeography/ecology and geology at the University of Saarbrücken (Germany) and at Simon Fraser University (Canada) and obtained her PhD from the University of Saarbrücken in 2002. The focus of her PhD research and subsequent projects has been on landscape ecology and assessing land-use impacts on nutrient leaching and soil and freshwater quality. She conducted several projects for the Ministry of Environment of the federal state Saarland (Germany) and the Water Management Administration of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg (Luxemburg) that fed into evaluation analysis for the European Water Framework Directive.
Since joining the CRSLR research group in 2010, Barbara has extended her expertise into social-ecological systems analysis, vulnerability assessments and sustainability research with a focus on coastal regions and the coastal zone. She employs GIS-based modelling and analysis techniques as well as methods from qualitative social science towards participatory knowledge production and modelling, working in Europe, Australia and on global scales. In recent projects, Barbara studied the exposure of coastal population to impacts of climate change (i.e. sea-level rise) and explored the impacts of sea-level rise on maritime boundaries.
In her current project on “Coastal Sustainability and Governance” Barbara aims at developing an analytical framework to assess and compare coastal regions in terms of sustainability and governance. One of her case study regions is the Illawarra Region in NSW (Australia). The project and her position is funded by the German Research Foundation through the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Future Ocean’ in Kiel (Germany) and linked to The Future Ocean’s research topic area R01 Our Common Future Ocean.
Some of Barbara’s recent publications include:
- Neumann B, Vafeidis AT, Zimmermann J, Nicholls RJ (2015) Future Coastal Population Growth and Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Flooding - A Global Assessment. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118571. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118571
- Neumann, B., A.T. Vafeidis, J. Zimmermann and R.J. Nicholls: Future Coastal Population Growth and Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Flooding – A Global Assessment. PLOS ONE (in print).
- Prager, K., B. Nienaber, B. Neumann and A. Phillips (2015): How should rural policy be evaluated if it aims to foster community involvement in environmental management? Journal of Rural Studies 37: 120-131.
- Visbeck, M., U. Kronfeld-Goharani, B. Neumann, W. Rickels, J. Schmidt, E. van Doorn, N. Matz-Lück, A. Proelss (2014): A Sustainable Development Goal for the ocean and coasts: Global ocean challenges benefit from regional initiatives supporting globally coordinated solutions. Marine Policy 49, 87-89.
- Visbeck, M., U. Kronfeld-Goharani, B. Neumann, W. Rickels, J. Schmidt, E. van Doorn, N. Matz-Lück, K. Ott and M.F. Quaas (2014): Securing blue wealth: The Need for a Special Sustainable Development Goal for the Ocean and Coasts and for Future Ocean Spatial Planning. Marine Policy 48, 184-91.
- Brown, S., R.J. Nicholls, C.D. Woodroffe, S. Hanson, J. Hinkel, A.S. Kebede, B. Neumann and A.T. Vafeidis (2013): Sea-level rise impact and responses: A global perspective. In: Finkl, C. (ed.), Coastal Hazards. Coastal Research Library, Vol. 6: p. 117-150. Springer.
- Houghton, K. J., A .T. Vafeidis, B. Neumann and A. Proelss (2010): Maritime boundaries in a rising sea. Nature Geoscience 2010; 3(12):813-816.
Cluster of Excellence 'The Future Ocean', Kiel, Germany.