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Project title

Development and Consolidation of Geospatial Sustainability Services for Adaptation and Climate Change Urban Impacts

Overview

The DECUMANUS project will provide city managers with a set of sustainable decision support services that allow the deployment of geo-spatial products in the development and implementation of climate change strategies, in meeting the diverse challenges of sustainable urban development.

Description

The DECUMANUS project will provide city managers with a set of sustainable decision support services that allow the deployment of geo-spatial products in the development and implementation of climate change strategies, in meeting the diverse challenges of sustainable urban development.

The DECUMANUS tools developed offer four services

Urban Climate Atlas, Land Monitoring, City Energy Efficiency, and Citizen Health

The four categories of DECUMANUS service products include assessment of urban climate change impacts, based on the development of an Urban Climate Atlas using proven Copernicus products; Land Monitoring services providing land consumption information and urban ecosystems assessment tools; City Energy Efficiency to assess energy consumption and improve energy efficiency in cities, Citizen Health tools to alert the population to health risks arising from poor air quality and excessive temperatures in the urban area.

Within this EC FP7 project, the DECUMANUS tools are being developed and will be evaluated in collaboration with the cities of Antwerp, Helsinki, London (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea), Madrid, and Milan between Dec ember 2013 and February 2016.

DECUMANUS is seen as a community driven solution project and the resulting ICT tools shall improve city planning and management in the long term. For more information on how to participate, acquire and apply the DECUMANUS tools please follow the links of this website.

Products

Services

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.

Land Monitoring:

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.

Citizen Health:

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.

Partners
  • INDRA SISTEMAS S.A. (ES)
  • EUROSENSE Belfotop BVBA (BE)
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR (DE)
  • GeoVille Informationssysteme Und Datenverarbeiting GMBH (AT)
  • University of the West of England, Bristol (UK)
  • Universidad Politcnica de Madrid (ES)
  • ControlWare (UK)
  • Stad Antwerpen (BE)
  • Comune Di Milane (IT)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (UK)
  • Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority; HSY (FI)

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