Torsten Welle

Torsten is a network member and an associate with PlanAdapt, based in Lübeck, Germany.

He is an experienced researcher with broad academic expertise in the areas of remote sensing, geographical information systems, forest management, climatology and climate risk and vulnerability assessment. Currently, he is the Scientific Director of Naturwald Akademie gGmbH, an independent think tank and NGO focused on sustainable forest management. Prior to that, he led the research group on risk, vulnerability and resilience at the Insitute of Spatial and Regional Planning at the University of Stuttgart.

In his capacity as Deputy Head of Department at the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management and Adaptive Planning section at the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), he has worked on the development of methods and indicators for vulnerability assessment and implementation and development of vulnerability maps from 2009 to 2016.

He has authored and co-authored a large number of academic publications in peer-reviewed journals, notably the World Risk Index from 2012 to 2018.

Torsten holds a PhD and an MSc degree in Geography from the University of Bonn, Germany.

For more detail, see Torsten’s ResearchGate page.