Projects

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

LOCATION
Brussels
DATE
2014 - 2018
CONTACT
Belgian Science Policy Office (as subcontractor of UGent)
PARTNERS
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)
DESCRIPTION

 

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