The city based climate service tool UMEP (Urban Multi-scale Environmental Predictor) is a coupled modelling system that combines models essential for urban climate processes and is developed as an extensive QGIS plugin. An application is presented to illustrate its potential, specifically of the identification of heat waves and cold waves in cities. The tool has broad utility for applications related to outdoor thermal comfort, urban energy consumption, climate change mitigation etc. It includes tools to: enable users to input atmospheric and surface data from multiple sources, prepare meteorological data for use in urban areas, undertake simulations and consider scenarios, and compare and visualize different combinations of climate indicators.
Lindberg, Fredrik; Grimmond, Sue; Gabey, Andrew; Huang, Bei; Kent, Christoph W.; Sun, Ting; Theeuwes, Natalie E.; Järvi, Leena; Ward, Helen; Capel-Timms, Izzy; Chang, YY; Jonsson, Per; Krave, Niklas; Liu, Dongwei; Meyer, D; Olofson, K Frans G.; Tan, Jian-Guo; Wästberg, Dag; Xue, Lingbo; and Zhang, Zhe
"Urban Multi-scale Environmental Predictor - an extensive tool for climate services in urban areas,"
Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference Proceedings: Vol. 17
, Article 19.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/foss4g/vol17/iss1/19