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Dr. Leena Karrasch

Dr. Leena Karrasch


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Leena Karrasch is research assistant at COAST – Centre for Environment and Sustainability Research and PostDoc in the interdisciplinary Ecological Economics Group. Combining knowledge of natural and social sciences, her research interests are in social-ecological systems, stakeholder engagement, governance and social learning processes, ecosystem services and climate adaptation. She is an expert in inter- und transdisciplinary participatory planning processes to design sustainable land use and water management in coastal areas. Her current research focuses on groundwater salinisation and innovative approaches to strengthen flood resilience in North Sea coastal areas. She is working in the DFG funded project SALTSA  (Groundwater salinisation following sea level rise as a societal challenge of climate adaptation – The case of North-Western Germany). Additionally, she is working in the Interreg VB project FRAMES (Flood resilient areas by multi-layer safety).

She holds a Dr.rer.nat from the University of Oldenburg, and M.Sc. degrees in Water and Coastal Management (University of Oldenburg) and in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning (University of Groningen).

Teaching: Cases in Coastal Zone Management (Masterstudiengang Water and Coastal Management), European Virtual Seminar on Sustainable Development (

Finished projects: COMTESS


Karrasch, L., Klenke, T, Kleyer, M. (2019) Land use elements and attributed ecosystem services: An archetype approach to land use evaluation at the German North Sea coast, Ecology and Society, in press.

Karrasch, L., Maier, M., Kleyer, M., & Klenke, T. (2017). Collaborative Landscape Planning: Co-Design of Ecosystem-Based Land Management Scenarios. Sustainability, 9(9), 1668.

Cebrián-Piqueras, M. A., Karrasch, L., & Kleyer, M. (2017). Coupling stakeholder assessments of ecosystem services with biophysical ecosystem properties reveals importance of social contexts. Ecosystem Services 23, 108-115.

De Puydt, L., Gladytz, A., Karrasch, L. (2016). Developing sustainable coastal areas: A comparison between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Aegean Journal of Environmental Sciences 2, 24-55.

Karrasch, L., Klenke, T., 2016. Aligning local adaptive land use management in coastal regions with European policies on climate adaptation and rural development. In: Grabski-Kieron, U., Mose, I., Steinführer, A., Reichert-Schick, A. (eds.), European rural peripheries revalued. Governance, actors, impacts. Münster et al.: LIT, pp. 296-312.

Karrasch, L., 2016. Matching an ecosystem services approach with social impact assessment. In: Geneletti, D. (ed.), Handbook on biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, pp. 86-112.

Karrasch, L., Klenke, T., Woltjer, J., 2014. Linking the ecosystem services approach to social preferences and needs in integrated coastal land use management. Land Use Policy 38, 522-532. 

Karrasch, L. und Schaper, J., 2018. Forschungsregion Ostfriesland. Broschüre.

Karrasch, L., 2017. Die Schatzkiste der Baroness Comtess. ISBN: 978-3-00-055487-2

Karrasch, L., 2017. COMTESS – Nachhaltige Landnutzung von Küstenräumen: Empfehlungen der Regionalgruppe Krummhörn. ISBN: 978-3-00-055260-1

Karrasch, L., 2014. Forschungsprojekt COMTESS – Nachhaltiges Landmanagement in Küstenräumen. Tagungsbeitrag BfN Skriptenreihe „Biodiversität und Klima – Vernetzung der Akteure in Deutschland X“, 41-43

Karrasch, L., 2014. Sichere Zukunft für Deutschlands Küsten. Umweltmagazin für die Region Braunschweig 21, 12 – 13.

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