26 June 2017 - 30 June 2017
Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands

World Urban Database Workshop

IIASA researcher Linda See represents IIASA at the World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools Workshop in Leiden, Netherlands.

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The overall aim of the World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools (WUDAPT) workshop is to combine different expertise in urban climate (geography, observations, modelling) with eScience technologies to improve high resolution modelling for urban areas. 

The workshop is organized as 3 focus groups. The goal of the Focus Group 1 is to test applications of WUDAPT and develop ways of collecting detailed data on physical geography of cities in terms of urban form and functions across the urban landscape through sampling and crowd-sourcing techniques. Focus Group 2 aims at combining and evaluating crowdsourced data from different sources, while Focus Group 3 addresses the ability to model the urban surface energy balance and the overlying boundary layer.

The World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools (WUDAPT)

WUDAPT is an initiative to collect data on the form and function of cities around the world. It aims to develop and test an urban classification scheme using a combination of remote sensing, locally-based urban experts and crowdsourcing (using Geo-Wiki and other crowdsourcing tools). It has two main components: 

- Gather basic information on a number of global cities using the Local Climate Zone (LCZ) classification scheme, which describes the character of the urban landscape at a scale of about a sq. km. 

- Acquire more detailed information on weather, climate and other models (material composition, street layout, building types, and various urban morphological descriptors) in these cities using web (and mobile phone) based technology and crowdsourcing. 

Proposed multi-purpose urban database could be employed in a number of contexts including studies of weather and climate effects at different scales, the impact of climate change on cities and to assess the potential for modifying urban form to adapt to/mitigate these changes. Such database is also applicable to a wide range of other applications, e.g. energy and greenhouse gas assessment, air pollution modelling, etc.

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