2018 - Urban ecosystem analysis supported by remote sensing (UrbanEars)

2014 - 2018
Belgian Science Policy Office (as subcontractor of UGent)
KU Leuven (University of Leuven), UGent (Ghent University), UCL (Université catholique de Louvain), VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), HUB (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), UCSB (University College Santa Barbara), VITO (as subcontractor of UGent)


The main goal of the UrbanEARS - Urban ecosystem analysis supported by remote sensing – project concerns improving the operational value of urban ecosystem services related to temperature and water regulation by using remote sensing data to characterize city typologies. The project therefore explores the potential of recent and future multi- and hyperspectral sensors on board of airplanes and satellites in combination with structural information derived from LiDAR, for detailed, spatially explicit characterization of morphological and (bio)physical properties of the urban environment.

The contribution of VITO’s Urban Climate Service Centre to the project focusses on the coupling between the local climate zone maps and urban climate:

  • Integrate the derived LCZ maps in the UrbClim model and simulate the local temperature in Brussels
  • Perform sensitivity analysis of the resulting maps
  • Act as a consultant w.r.t. urban climate modelling


Figure below: LCZ classification of Brussels