05 December 2016 - 06 December 2016
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong

WUDAPT – 2nd Workshop in Hong Kong (2016) Various applications of WUDAPT products

IIASA Researcher Linda See participates in the 2nd WUDAPT (The World Urban Database and Access Port Tools) Workshop in Hong Kong.

© Ben Goode | Dreamstime.com Road leading to a polluted city

© Ben Goode | Dreamstime.com Road leading to a polluted city

The main objective of the workshop is to discuss and share various applications of WUDAPT products. The invited speakers and core team members of WUDAPT will show how the WUDAPT products can be implemented in climate modeling simulations and can benefit climate-sensitive urban design and planning.

The focus will be on the rapidly growing cities along One Belt One Road and on the C40 cities. The workshop goal is to use WUDAPT methods to provide a map of the urban landscapes of each city and assess their climate effects. This will serve as a useful reference and basis to local government and researchers for future urban development.

The World Urban Database and Access Port Tools (WUDAPT) initiative is a community-driven data collection initiative that draws upon the considerable network of urban climate scientists around the world. The ultimate goal of the WUDAPT project is to develop a detailed, open access, urban database for all major cities in the world, which will have value for many applications including planning for climate resilience, energy modeling, greenhouse gas assessment, etc.

At its core, WUDAPT describes the physical geography of cities by capturing information on urban form (e.g. building density) and function (e.g. energy demand) at a suitable scale for urban climate studies and modelling. The basic structure of cities is captured using the Local Climate Zones (LCZs) scheme, which categorizes natural and urban landscapes into distinctive types, each of which is recognizable from aerial and satellite imagery. Each LCZ is associated with a unique combination of urban parameter values that capture aspects of urban form and function that regulate the micro-climate.

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Linda See

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Ecosystems Services and Management

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See L, Ching J, Masson V, Feddema J, Mills G, Neophytou M, Foley M, O'Connor M, et al. (2015). Generating WUDAPT’s Specific Scale - dependent Urban Modeling and Activity Parameters: Collection of Level 1 and Level 2 Data. In: ICUC9 - 9th International Conference on Urban Climate jointly with 12th Symposium on the Urban Environment, Touloouse, France.

Bechtel B, Alexander P, Böhner J, Ching J, Conrad O, Feddema J, Mills G, See L, et al. (2015). Mapping Local Climate Zones for a Worldwide Database of the Form and Function of Cities. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 4 (1): 199-219. DOI:10.3390/ijgi4010199.

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