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Potential impact of climate trends and weather extremes on outdoor thermal comfort in European cities - implications for sustainable urban design

Interdisciplinary and transnational project: Sweden, Germany, Portugal
3 year (2010-2013)

The main objective of this interdisciplinary and transnational research project is study the potential impact of climate trends and extreme weather events (heat waves and cold spells) on outdoor thermal comfort in urban areas in order to develop a set of design guidelines and policies on how maintain health and thermal comfort under changed climate conditions and extreme weather events for European cities.

The city of Göteborg, Kassel and Porto, representing a northern, a mid and a southern European city will be selected for case studies. Methods will include statistical downscaling of data from GCMs, spatial modelling of thermal comfort in different urban settings, thermal comfort analyses, national and international workshops with key stakeholders and project meetings.

The research consortium includes scientists from climatology, geography, urban planning, environmental engineering, health as well as politicians and potential users of Sweden, Germany and Portugal.

Research groups

Project coordinator: Associate Professor Sofia Thorsson

Sweden: Associate Professor Sofia Thorsson (national team leader), Dr. Fredrik Lindberg and Associate Professor Björn Holmer, Urban Climate Group, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg and Dr David Rayner, Regional Climate Group, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Germany: Professor Lutz Katzschner (national team leader), Researchers Dipl. Ing Sebastian Kupski, MA Soz. Antje Katzschner, Environmental Meteorology Group, Faculty of Architecture, Urban and Landscape Planning, Kassel University

Portugal: Professor Ana Monteiro (national team leader) Department of Geography, Porto University and member of the Oporto University Public Health Institute (ISPUP), Professor Joaquim Góis, Faculty of Engineering, Porto University –and Professor Helena Madureira, urban planning, Porto University

Sidansvarig: Robert Karlsson|Sidan uppdaterades: 2011-06-01

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