The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) conducts research and teaching in the areas of engineering and natural sciences, with a focus on sustainability. It is furthermore involved in industrial collaboration and public sector consultancy. DTU’s main campus is in Lyngby, with several other departments and research centres located across Denmark. It offers 35 Bachelor and 28 MSc programmes and 19 PhD schools. Over 10,000 students were enrolled in 2015, with a staff of around 5,800. Its expenses were DKK 4.8 billion (ca. €651 million) in 2015.
Three out of DTU’s Departments and Centres actively participates in ECRA. The Climate Change and Sustainable Development (CCSD) Research group at the Department of Management Engineering conducts transdisciplinary research focused on climate change impacts, risks, adaptation and mitigation, including integrated physical (climate), environmental and economic modelling focussing on the risks of high-impact events and extremes, decision-support and climate services. The group part extensively participates in national and international projects and co-leads the ECRA CP on High-Impact Events and Climate Change. Furthermore, the Department collaborates with the United Nations Environment Programme on energy, climate and sustainable development (UNEP DTU Partnership).
The Department of Environmental Engineering is one of the largest university departments in Europe specialising in water, environmental engineering and sustainability. The department’s research broadly covers the atmospheric environment, hydrology and urban and terrestrial water systems; the group on urban water engineering holds a leading role within the area of extreme precipitation, statistical downscaling of climate information and climate adaptation planning. The National Space Institute (DTU Space) conducts climate and environmental research based on remote sensing techniques on the melting of the Greenland ice cap, sea ice, sea level and the atmospheric composition, among others.
Research in polar regions is carried out by the interdisciplinary Center for Polar Activities with a focus on climate change monitoring, sustainable exploitation of polar resources and social and technological development. Together with Danish Meteorological Institute and GEUS the centre runs the Polar Portal, an information website on ice and climate in the Arctic.
DTU is active in the following ECRA Collaborative Programmes:
- Arctic Climate Stability and Change
- High impact events and climate change
- Changes in the hydrological cycle
- Sea level change and coastal impacts
All of DTU’s publications and projects are accessible in the database DTU Orbit. For the specific sections/departments, the projects are listed below:
- Climate Change and Sustainable Development Research group, DTU Management Engineering
- DTU Space (National Space Institute)
- DTU Environment (Department of Environmental Engineering)
Instrumentation for satellites
Research vessel “Dana”
Birte Holst Jørgensen
Member of ECRA Executive Committee
DTU Management Engineering: Systems Analysis