Urban spaces respond extremely sensitively to climate changes such as prolonged heat waves, severe storms, or flooding. Therefore, cities need to prepare for climate change now. A compounding factor is that cities in particular experience conflicts of objective, for instance between rising urbanisation pressure on the one hand and the necessary adjustments to accommodate the consequences of climate change on the other.
The necessary planning decisions in urban centres must therefore be based on highly capable urban climate models. But so far there has been a lack of models that are able to provide meaningful statements on climate changes and how this will affect climatological contexts within the cities themselves.
The DLR Project Management Agency designed the ‘Urban Climate in Transformation’ funding measure in order to close this gap in the decision-making process. Its purpose is to develop an innovative urban climate model for modern city planning that accommodates the needs of practical scenarios. Here, the work will take place within a threefold structure comprising model development, model evaluation, and user integration. Our aim is to obtain climate knowledge on cities that will deliver clear benefits to stakeholders within government, industry, and society. In this way, we make a direct contribution to the FONA flagship initiative ‘Future City’.
The following topics will be dealt with in over 30 contributory projects within the framework of the funding measure:
At the DLR Project Management Agency, we will support this work throughout the entire period of funding. We expect the results to feature contributions to future developments within urban climate research and the implementation of insight for urban planning. For this purpose, the developed models will build on current knowledge. The planning tools they produce will be applied in pilot cities to review their practical viability. The solutions prepared will stand as paradigms and will hence be transferable to other regions.