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The Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies

- the research arm of the Department of Architecture

Studying at Cambridge

Dr Kathrin Menberg

Research Associate

Office Phone: 01223 760120



Dr. Kathrin Menberg’s research is on energy performance simulation and modelling of non-domestic buildings. Her work focuses on developing models and new methods for predicting and assessing building performance under consideration of different levels of uncertainty.

Before joining Cambridge University Kathrin was a Postdoctoral researcher at the ETH Zurich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, working on life-cycle assessment of renewable energy technologies, in particular of deep geothermal systems. In 2014 Kathrin received a Ph.D. from the KIT, where she investigated alterations of shallow groundwater temperatures caused by anthropogenic activities and climate change with a focus on modelling underground heat transport processes and the subsurface urban energy balance. Kathrin completed her diploma studies (MSc. equivalent) in Applied Geology at the KIT in 2010 working on subsurface thermal properties and their influence on the application of shallow geothermal systems.

Key publications:

Menberg, K., Blum, P., Kurylyk, B.L. and Bayer, P. (2014). Observed groundwater temperature response to recent climate change. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18: 4453–4466.

Menberg, K., Blum, P., Schaffitel, A. and Bayer, P. (2013). Long Term Evolution of Anthropogenic Heat Fluxes into a Subsurface Urban Heat Island. Environmental Science & Technology, 47: 9747-9755.

Menberg, K., Bayer, P., Zosseder, K., Rumohr, S. and Blum, P. (2013). Subsurface urban heat islands in German cities. Science of the Total Environment, 442: 123-133.

Menberg, K., Steger, H., Zorn, R., Reuss, M., Proell, M., Bayer, P. and Blum, P. (2013). Determination of thermal conductivity in the subsurface using laboratory and field experiments and theoretical models. Grundwasser, 18(2): 103-116.