The DECUMANUS tools developed offer four services:
Urban Climate Atlas:
The products relate to urban climate, its evolution and impacts, information required to implement urban climate change and environmental adaptation strategies. Based on climatic models several climatic parameters are provided.
The products focus on the spatial characteristics of the city, which strongly influence urban climate. Area wide maps of spatial parameters such as impervious surface or vegetation fraction can provide insights into anticipated climate change scenarios because of the strong relationship between these spatial parameters and urban climate.
City Energy Efficiency:
The products focus on the contribution of cities to increased atmospheric concentration of CO2 due to the inefficient use of energy within the cities, and cost reductions due to energy saving, by determining the areas that are the least energy-efficient. From space two types of energy loss can be detected: 1) thermal energy loss due to the heating or cooling of buildings, and 2) excessive lighting (nighttime lights). The attribution of these energy emissions can be reached by combining this data with core mapping services.
The products model the influence of alternative land development and climate scenarios on meteorological and air quality variables and quantify the effects of each scenario on public health outcomes arising from high concentrations of air pollution. The services will allow the assessment of important environmental factors including heat waves, air pollution and the health impacts. The information produced by the service can be used for assessments of the potential for climate-responsive design strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change in the cities over a multi-decadal planning horizon.
DECUMANUS discerns between basic and premium services:
Basic Services include products that allow end-users to support the management and implementation of their climate and environmental change adaptation strategies.
Premium Services include datasets, indicators, models, etc. developed and specified according to substantial engagement with the local planning communities and/or the use of local information.