Links to the project coordinator and partners:
Links to related (EU FP7) projects and initiatives:
The relevant state-of-the-art projects and initiatives in the urban application areas addressed by DECUMANUS - climate modelling (Urban Climate Atlas and proposed services related to heat waves), Copernicus land line (Land Monitoring Service), urban thermography and light maps (City Energy Efficiency Service) and air quality models and heat wave studies (Citizen Health Service) – are listed in the following:
BRIDGE: this FP7 project, ended in November 2011, was devoted to sustainable urban planning decision support and involved UPM as leader of the climate modelling WP. In particular, BRIDGE aimed at building a tool to be used by city planners and environmental experts that would take into account different urban scenarios and to foresee their impacts on the city urban metabolism (understood as the whole set of processes involved in a city as a “living” system). Major limitations of BRIDGE were the poor spatial resolution (~200 m) and the limited analysis of climate aspects (just few weeks in 2030 were simulated). No on-line models were considered.
Copernicus Urban Service (GUS): it was the first Copernicus local component project. The objective of the project was to analyse the most promising services relating EO and cities. This project has been the origin of the current operational service known as Urban Atlas as well as several products related to urban morphology. These products were then refined and fully developed in the project GEOLAND2, with special attention devoted to the use of object-oriented methodologies. The main gap with respect to DECUMANUS is the regional/national orientation of the land use maps produced and their take-up by urban planners. INDRA, DLR, Eurosense and Geoville have been centrally involved in these projects.
Urban API: this is an ongoing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) project, which provides urban planners with the tools needed to actively analyze, plan and manage the urban environment. Findings regarding key requirements will be incorporated in DECUMANUS. UWE partners are responsible for requirements gathering and validation in this project.
Urban Heat Island: this ESA project, ended in 2011, represents the state-of-the-art in Europe for the use of EO thermal data in urban studies. The project has provided technological advancement in production of land surface maps from multiple EO sensors, the development of a local forecasting air temperature methodology, as well as related hazard and risk maps, use of aerial thermography in building insulation and the determination of city hot spots based on low and medium resolution satellites. DECUMANUS will enhance these previous achievements, especially in the presentation of results to end-users. INDRA and Eurosense have been strongly involved in this project.
RAMSES: This EU-FP7 project aims to deliver much needed quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures, focusing on cities. RAMSES will engage with stakeholders to ensure this information is policy relevant and ultimately enables the design and implementation of adaptation strategies in the EU and beyond.