Research Theme Urban Areas

The aim of this research programme was to build up a multi-scale (from the level of buildings via neighbourhoods to city agglomerations), quantitative knowledge base on urban climate, the vulnerability of cities to climate change and expected impacts of possible future changes in climate. The consortium has generated knowledge on the technical and economical effectiveness of adaptation measures linked with an in-depth understanding of the governance processes needed for implementation. To understand the effectiveness of measures, fact finding on the interaction of the city and the local climate (including urban heat islands) is essential. Based on the various impacts in cities and possible adaptation measures, an overview has been provided of costs and benefits of taking adaptation measures in various scenarios for the development of the global climate which will support decision makers in developing their adaptation strategies.

As cities are a focal point for all kinds of societal and urban design issues, successful implementation of climate adaptation policies requires integration with other policy and spatial planning questions in the urban area. Therefore collaboration between many scientific disciplines is needed. This consortium gathers engineers, designers, natural scientists, physical planners and political scientists to interact in work packages. Research has been executed in a number of cross-cutting case studies that link research projects in the work packages with research questions in the hotspots. In this way, the programme aims to provide the Knowledge for Climate stakeholders with factual and targeted information that can be used in developing urban adaptation policies. Read more