The selected pilot areas are:

  • Alte Saline (Bad Reichenhall)
  • Bergbaumuseum (Achthal)
  • Glockenschmiede (Ruhpolding)


The German pilot areas are all located in the Bavarian Alps, in the very Southeast of Germany in the districts of Traunstein and Berchtesgaden, an area of 180 square kilometers.


Alte Saline (Bad Reichenhall)

The Alte Saline (Old Saltmine), a major tourist spot in Bad Reichenhall, is exposed to a variety of risks including subrosion, sink hole formation, falling rock and landslides. Salt mining used to be one of the most important industries in the 19th century when the historic architectural ensemble (which includes a fountain house, a chapel, administrative and industrial buildings) was established.


Bergbaumuseum (Achthal)

The Bergbaumuseum in Achthal (Mining Museum Achthal) is housed in the original 17th century Administrative Building of the ironworks and mining facility. The site was chosen because it is exposed to landslides and floods that widely occur in the area. In 1954 a major and well-documented flood badly damaged the building, and the museum has an interest in preventing future damage through natural disasters.


Glockenschmiede (Ruhpolding)

The Glockenschmiede (Bell Smithery) in Ruhpolding is both a privately owned museum and an active black smithery. Because of the big slopes of its location, landslides are a major risk and they occur more frequently as a result of climate change.



The project is implemented in Germany by Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich Germany.

Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich Germany

  • Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch
  • David Stäblein
  • Lena Engel
  • Dr. Arielle Helmick 


Alte Saline (Bad Reichenhall), Bergbaumuseum (Achthal), Glockenschmiede (Ruhpolding)