AMS CLIMADAPTOOL

Developing the urban CLIMate ADAPtation TOOL

Amsterdam has urban climate problems and these can be solved with many design interventions. In this project, we will develop a smartphone app in which people can see what the actual local urban climate is like in their direct living environment and what they can do to improve it. The app and underlying information is developed by a team of climate responsive design specialist Sanda Lenzholzer, landscape architect Claire Oude Aarninkhof, urban climate specialists Gert-Jan Steeneveld and Natalie Theeuwes as well as web app creator Gert-Sterenborg. Together with stakeholders and citizens the team works for one year.

Problem statement

Currently Amsterdam faces adverse urban climate effects that need adaptation. For instance, urban heat can run up to of 6 C compared to rural surroundings, and especially in hot summer nights. Also, the city has various places in which wind nuisance or danger occurs (e.g. the Zuidas). These problems lead to discomfort, danger and in the case of nocturnal heat to sleeping problems and lower work productivity.

Solution proposal

Measures to counteract urban climate problems often consist of small-scale interventions that add up, but also of larger scale urban planning strategies. For optimal achievements, the municipality has to take actions, but also Amsterdam citizens need to modify their houses and gardens. To facilitate such actions and connect citizens, municipality and other organisations for joint efforts, we propose the CLIMADAPTOOL- a data system and smartphone app. This tool shows urban climate high resolution maps, indicating urban climate problems and potentials for improvement. Additionally, the CLIMADAPTOOL provides a recommendation map with location specific interventions for urban climate improvement. To make these recommendations more tangible, there is also a digital catalogue where the interventions are described according to: implementation, specific urban climate effects, multifunctionality and costs. This tool will make the information to improve the urban climate easily accessible for everybody.

Outlook in the future
The upscaling of this project will be an extension and gamification of the tool enabling quantification and visualization of the adaptation actions taken and enabling competition between neighbourhoods on who is the ‘fastest in adaptation’.

Project duration:
December 2015 until November 2016

Partners:
Wageningen University, chair group landscape architecture, Sanda Lenzholzer
Wageningen University, chair group Meteorology and Air Quality, Gert-Jan Steeneveld
Gert Sterenborg, start-up company for web app creation
Amsterdam Municipality, Charlotte Buys and others
ANMEC foundation, Annette de Vries and others

Project leader:
Sanda Lenzholzer, Dr. Dipl. Ing. MA (AA)
Associate professor
Wageningen University, Wageningen UR
Landscape Architecture Group
Gaia building, room A222
Droevendaalsesteeg 3, 6708 PB Wageningen
0031-317-485848

News:
Making water really cool (Resource, November 26,2015)
Summer in the City: weersvoorspellingen voor de stad in de maak (website Wageningen UR, Dutch)
Smallere straten tegen hitte in de stad (website NWO, Dutch)
Nieuwe app geeft verwachting over stress door hitte (website Wageningen UR, Dutch)

This project is an AMS Stimulus Project. The aim of Stimulus Projects is to give to new and existing AMS partners support to innovative research that has a strong upscaling potential. The projects should realize short-term research output, which act as a catalyst of a new solution direction, concept or approach.