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Urban Multi-scale Environmental Predictor (UMEP): An integrated tool for city-based climate services

Journal article
Authors Fredrik Lindberg
C. S.B. Grimmond
Andrew Gabey
Bei Huang
Christoph W. Kent
Ting Sun
Natalie E. Theeuwes
Leena Järvi
Helen C. Ward
I. Capel-Timms
Yuanyong Chang
Per Jonsson
Niklas Krave
Dongwei Liu
D. Meyer
K. Frans G. Olofson
Jianguo Tan
Dag Wästberg
Lingbo Xue
Zhe Zhang
Published in Environmental Modelling and Software
Volume 99
Pages 70-87
ISSN 1364-8152
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Earth Sciences
Pages 70-87
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2...
Keywords Green infrastructure, Heat risk, QGIS, Solar energy, Urban climate services
Subject categories Geosciences, Multidisciplinary, Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, Physical Geography

Abstract

© 2017 The Authors UMEP (Urban Multi-scale Environmental Predictor), a city-based climate service tool, combines models and tools essential for climate simulations. Applications are presented to illustrate UMEP's potential in the identification of heat waves and cold waves; the impact of green infrastructure on runoff; the effects of buildings on human thermal stress; solar energy production; and the impact of human activities on heat emissions. UMEP has broad utility for applications related to outdoor thermal comfort, wind, urban energy consumption and climate change mitigation. It includes tools to enable users to input atmospheric and surface data from multiple sources, to characterise the urban environment, to prepare meteorological data for use in cities, to undertake simulations and consider scenarios, and to compare and visualise different combinations of climate indicators. An open-source tool, UMEP is designed to be easily updated as new data and tools are developed, and to be accessible to researchers, decision-makers and practitioners.

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