GUCG - Göteborg Urban Climate Group

Research group

Short description

During the last decades research has focused on projects related to the influence of the urban geometry, urban vegetation and land cover on radiation, temperature and wind. Projects also concern the relation between urban climate and air quality as well as outdoor thermal comfort. Integration of climate knowledge in urban design and planning is also an important research topic. Many of the projects are multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary, including scientists from atmospheric science, architecture, urban and regional planning, psychology, biology, and medicine. The studies have been carried out in urban areas in Sweden, Germany, UK, Japan, Botswana, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Kenya and the Netherlands.

A group of people are standing together under a tree.
From the left: Nils Wallenberg, Fredrik Lindberg, Björn Holmer, Jessika Lönn, Oskar Bäcklin, Janina Konarska, Sofia Thorsson.


Our research focuses on measurements and modelling of:

  • micro-scale processes and patterns associated with urban landscape elements (buildings, canyons, parks etc.)
  • urban air quality
  • biometeorology, including human comfort
  • impacts of climate change on heat waves and urban tourism

Studies have mainly been carried out in Sweden in the Göteborg area, but also in cities in Japan, Germany, Burkina Faso and Kenya.


The Göteborg Urban Climate Group has developed a number of different software which is freely available for download. Most of the tools are available from of the Urban Multi-scale Environmental Predictor (UMEP), a comprehensive open source sensitive climate planning tool available as an plugin in QGIS.

Older tools from our group are available from our software download webpage.

Recent publications

Recent publications within the research group is found in the University of Gothenburg's Publication Database (GUP)