Dr. Tina Kunz-Plapp

  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
    KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt
    Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
    76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


Dr. Tina Kunz-Plapp was the General Manager of the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology from March 2010 to June 2012. Since July 2012 she is continuing her activities regarding risk perception, risk communication and vulnerability at the Geophysical Institute, KIT, in the working group "Natural Hazards and Risks", and on local climate change adaptation strategies within the Helmholtz Initiative REKLIM in cooperation with the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research at KIT. She is the contact person for KIT activities within the Helmholtz Earth System Knowledge Platform ESKP, and since June 2015 she is also working for the Climate and Environment Center at KIT.


About me

Tina Kunz-Plapp graduated (M.A.) in sociology, political sciences and cultural anthropology at the University of Marburg in 1999 with a thesis on micro finance institutions in Zimbabwe. During her doctoral studies she worked on risk perception from natural disasters within the DFG-funded interdisciplinary PhD-program “natural disasters”. She obtained her PhD at the department for economics and business engineering of the University of Karlsruhe (TH) in 2003. From 2003 to 2005 she coordinated the PhD-programme and studied risk communication and social vulnerability.
From fall 2005 to spring 2010 she worked at the German Council of Science and Humanites (Wissenschaftsrat) in Cologne. She developed and administered the evaluation procedures of the German Council of Science and Humanities for the recommendations of funding of nationally important research facilities (including large-scale facilities).


Selected publications (* peer reviewed)

* Kunz-Plapp, T., J. Hackenbruch, J.W. Schipper, 2015: Factors of subjective heat stress of urban citizens in contexts of everyday life, Natural Hazards and Earth Sciences, 16, 977-994, doi:10.5194/nhess-16-977-2016, link

* Girard, T., F. Wenzel, B. Khazai, T. Kunz-Plapp, J. E. Daniell, S. A. Brink, 2014: Near-Real-Time Analysis of Publicly Communicated Disaster Response Information, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 5, 165-175, doi10.1007/s13753-014-0024-3, link

* Khazai, B., T. Kunz-Plapp, C. Büscher, A. Wegner, 2014: VuWiki: An ontology-based semantic wiki for vulnerability assessments, International Journal of Disasters Risk Science5, 55–73, doi: 10.1007/s13753-014-0010-9, link

* Kunz, M., B. Mühr, T. Kunz-Plapp, J.E. Daniell, B. Khazai, F. Wenzel, M. Vannieuwenhuyse, T. Comes, F. Elmer, K. Schröter, J. Fohringer, T. Münzberg, C. Lucas, J. Zschau, 2013: Investigation of superstorm Sandy 2012 in a multi-disciplinary approach, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 13, 2579-2598, doi:10.5194/nhess-13-2579-2013, pdf

* Wenzel, F., J. Zschau, M. Kunz, J.E. Daniell, B. Khazai, T. Kunz-Plapp, 2013: Near Real-Time Forensic Disaster Analysis, in: Comes, T., F. Fiedrich, S. Fortier, J. Geldermann, T. Müller (eds) Proceedings of the 10th International ISCRAM Conference – Baden-Baden, Germany, May 2013.

* Wenzel, F., J.E. Daniell, B. Khazai, T. Kunz-Plapp, 2012: The CEDIM Forensic Earthquake Analysis Group and the test case of the 2011 Van earthquakes, paper presented at the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (WCEE), 24 – 28 Sept 2012, Lisboa, 10p.

* Kunz-Plapp, T.: Vorwarnung, Vorhersage und Frühwarnung, 2008. In: Naturrisiken und Sozialkatastrophen. Grundlagen und Herausforderungen der Gefahren- und Risikoforschung. Felgentreff, C., T. Glade (eds.), Elsevier, Heidelberg, pp. 213-233.

* Plattner, T., Plapp, T. & B. Hebel, 2006: Integrating public risk perception into formal natural hazard risk assessment, NHESS Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 6, 471-483.

* Plapp, T. & U. Werner, 2006: Understanding risk perception from natural hazards: examples from Germany. In: RISK 21 – Coping with risks due to natural hazards in the 21st century. W. Ammann, S. Dannenmann, L. Vulliet (eds.). Rotterdam: Taylor and Francis / Balkema, London, pp. 101- 108.

Plapp, T., 2005: The Social Construction of Vulnerability, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 7, 05137.

Plapp, T., 2004d: Schöne Aussicht auf den Fluss? Risikowahrnehmung von Naturkatastrophen, Zeitschrift für die gesamte Versicherungswissenschaft, 93/4, 789-808.

Malzahn, D. & T. Plapp (eds.): Proceedings International Conference “Disasters and Society – From Hazard Assessment to Risk Reduction”, July 2004, Karlsruhe. Logos, Berlin, 2004.

Plapp, T., 2004c: Local experience of disaster management and flood risk perception. In: Disasters and Society – From Hazard Assessment to Risk Reduction. Malzahn, D., T. Plapp (ed.). Logos, Berlin, 391-398.

Plapp, T., 2004a: Wahrnehmung von Risiken aus Naturkatastrophen. Eine empirische Untersuchung in sechs gefährdeten Gebieten Süd- und Westdeutschlands. Karlsruher Reihe II Risikoforschung und Versicherungsmanagement, Bd. 2. U. Werner (ed). Verlag für Versicherungswirtschaft, Karlsruhe, 349 S. (Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Dissertation vom 16.6.2003).

Werner, U., R. Mechler, T. Plapp, 2003: Hochwasser 2002: Wechselwirkungen zwischen der Finanzierung von Überschwemmungsschäden und der Wahrnehmung von Hochwasserrisiken, Zeitschrift für Versicherungswesen, 54/23, 722-727.