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Urban Microclimate and human-biometeorology

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Talk 1# Climate for architects and planners under the view point of human-biometeorology

Abstract: Freiburg ́s city council began to update the city’s master plan and to adjust it for year 2020. Local climate and air pollution were considered in this scheme through the application of a spatial urban climate analysis of the entire area. For the integral analysis and quantification all available methods and data were included and integrated. The results of this analysis provide basic information about the consideration of important micro climate areas in the urban planning scheme. The present analysis builds furthermore the basis for future analyses of individual areas in the context of building applications and climate change issues.

Talk 2# Urban Microclimate: Why micro scale models and not only measurements.

Abstract: In order to analyze urban bioclimate and climate several input and output parameters are required. For the quantification of thermal bioclimate assessment methods based on the human energy balance builds the basis of all the known thermal indices. Some data and information can be obtained from measurement or simulated by micro scale models. This information in combination with shade, sunshine duration, wind speed and direction in simple and complex environments can be derived by RayMan and SkyHelios model. The models are able not only to calculate but also visualize climate and urban climate information based on grid data and vector data. The information can be derived for different spatial and temporal scales depending on the aim and the demands.

Bio: Our speaker is Professor Andreas Matzarakis. Matzarakis is the Chair of Meteorology and Climatology, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg since 2006. His research is mainly focused on urban climatology, human-biometeorology, tourism climatology, regional climatology, forest meteorology and climate impact research. Since 1996 he chairs the commission on climate, tourism and recreation of the International Society of Biometeorology. He has developed several models and tools in applied climatology and biometeorology i.e. RayMan Model, SkyHelios Model, Climate Mapping Tool and CTIS (Climate-Tourism/Transfer-Information-Scheme).

This talk is part of the Sustainability in the Built Environment (GreenBRIDGE) series.

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