Citizen Health

For every urban planner and decision maker it is of interest to know how urban air pollution responds to different future climatic scenarios and how this affects the health of the citizen. Thus, within the DECUMANUS project, the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) developed variables and indicators to identify air pollution hotspots over the cities and their impact on different health indicators such as the mortality rates or changes in respiratory hospital admissions. This information assists users to understand the health impact of the global climate change for the local urban environment and how human health may be affected by changes caused by global warming emissions.

The urban climate variables and indicators are calculated with a very high spatial resolution from full dynamical downscaling simulations including simulation with 5 km and 1 km of spatial resolution and finally CFD simulations with 50 meter resolution. Thereby the products cover IPCC RCP 4.5 and 8.5 scenarios. The basic products are based on various input data such as population, traffic lines etc.

Within the service the following variables and indicators are generated:

>> Air quality concentrations: SO2, NO2, NO, CO, O3, PM10 (Ug/m3)
>> Changes in Respiratory Hospital Admissions (%)
>> Changes in Cardiovascular Hospital Admissions (%)
>> Changes in Respiratory Hospital Admissions (%)
>> Increase in Mortality – All causes (%)
>> Increase in Mortality – Cardiovascular causes (%)
>> Increase in Mortality – Respiratory causes (%)
>> Increase in Mortality +65 years – All causes (%)
>> Increase in Mortality +65 years – Cardiovascular causes (%)
>> Increase in Mortality +65 years – Respiratory causes (%)
>> Changes in mortality – All causes (%)
>> Changes in mortality – All Cardiovascular causes (%)
>> Changes in mortality – All Respiratory  causes (%)
>> Non-attainment grid cells
>> Annual number of exceedances (Total)


Example Premium/Local Products:

Difference of annual mean increase in daily respiratory mortality (due to ATMAX (%))


User Workshop in Madrid


The DECUMANUS team is pleased to invite everyone to the next DECUMANUS User Workshop held in Madrid on 20th May 2016 (official invitation letter). For more information please contact:

Successful User & Stakeholder Meeting in Antwerp


The third user and stakeholder workshop successfully took place on 12th and 13th of November at the ECOHUIS in Antwerp. The DECUMANUS project consortium used the opportunity to discuss  the current status of the developed premium services with the city partners and stakeholders and invited all participants to provide feeback about the presented services.

DECUMANUS project featured in Copernicus OBSERVER


The DECUMANUS project is featured in the September issue of the Copernicus OBSERVER. The article highlights the developed services and provides general information on the project.

User Requirements Meeting in Milan (IT)


User Requirements Meeting in Milan (IT): A consortium meeting was held on the 16th and 17th of March including a training with the city representatives of Milan, on the basic/strategic DECUMANUS products that have so far been implemented. The meeting was hosted by the Comune di Milano at the Fondazione Riccardo Catella.