Urban Climate Atlas
Citizen and the general public is starting to feel the impacts of a changing climate. Heat waves, floods, storms, extreme colds, draughts are increasingly more extreme and with a higher frequency.
Within the DECUMNAUS project, the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) developed variables and indicators that are sufficient to identify vulnerability hotspots within an urban area such as Urban Heat Islands (UHIs) or areas prone to global warming emissions. With the help of such variables and indicators it is possible to show how the urban climate responds to different global climatic scenarios. Thereby, it can help decision makers and urban planners to understand the impact of climate change on the urban environment and how to mitigate the risks of future climate change impacts.
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 products are based on various input data such as topography, vegetation fraction and meteorological data.
Within the service the following variables and indicators are generated:
>> Total Precipitation
>> Heat Waves
>> Pedestrian Wind and Thermal Comfort
>> Daily Maximum & Minimum Temperature
>> Tropical Nights
>> Summer Days
>> Energy fluxes
Example Basic/Strategic Products: