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Management and planning tools for a climate-sensitive urban development

 

objective

The aim of the project is to provide a "proof of concept" of a control loop and tool set for the management, optimization and evaluation of green and climate-sensitive urban (district) planning- The tool set consist of urban and open space planning instruments as well as climate simulations at different scale levels.

approach

Urban growth and the increasing density in urban areas put urban green infrastructure under pressure and lead to their loss. Climate change is intensifying the so-called urban heat island effect (UHI) and has negative impacts on cities and their residents, their quality of life and health. Numerous studies have shown that urban green (and blue) infrastructure can make a decisive contribution towards reducing this heat load.

The overall objective of the project "green.resilient.city" is to deliver a "proof of concept" of a control loop and tool set for the regulation, improvement and evaluation of green and climate-sensitive urban (district) planning - including a green and open space factor as an urbanistic index and planning tool, the GREENpass as an optimization tool for the microclimatic effects of green infrastructure on the plot and district level, the MUKLIMO_3 Stadtklimamodell as an evaluation tool for the mesoclimatic effects on urban level as well as Cosmo-CLM as a regional climate simulation model.

Based on two quarters in Vienna - urban renewal area: Innerfavoriten / Kretaviertel in the 10th district; urban extension area: aspern Seestadt in the 22th district - the feasibility and effectiveness of the tool set for the development of green quarters are examined.

The possibilities for an implementation in administration are examined and discussed with representatives of various departments of the city of Vienna. An exchange platform (eg Graz, Salzburg) is set up to check the transferability to other cities.

"Green.resilient.city" will create the first multi-scale city planning tool set for green and climate-friendly city (district) planning that allows scientific justifications for urban planning decisions, which can be verified by the combination of the green and open space factor with the climatic models, and finally makes target fulfillment measurable.

 

expected results

A "proof of concept" of the first multi-scale city planning tool set for green and climate-friendly city (district) planning

This includes:

  • Visualization, assessment and adjustment of the climatic effects and sociocultural ecosystem services of different urban green infrastructure in the green and open space factor as well as in the different climate models and simulations
  •  Development of a procedure for the harmonization of the instruments and models as well as clarification of the interfaces of the climate models and of the opportunities for planning.
  • Testing and evaluating the tool set using two case studies to analyze the different areas of application of the tool set for green and climate-friendly urban (district) planning

 

funder

Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG) - Stadt der Zukunft