Heavier rain fall and storms, higher temperatures, rising sea levels, drought and other climate change outcomes challenge the quality of life in Amsterdam and cities worldwide. We experience the urban climate mostly through heat, rain and wind.

For instance it rains harder more often and the city can't handle that. To change this, Amsterdam works towards becoming as climate-proof as possible by 2050. Urban green in the city plays an important role in this. Green roofs, for example, ensure better absorption of rainwater, which slows down water discharge into the street. The aging sewerage system can thus cope better with the increase of rain water.

In cities today, we use many materials like stone, pavement, concrete and tarmac, which absorb heat and eradiate this back into the city during the night. Green also has a cooling effect through evaporation in extreme heat in a city that grows in size and population.

Urban Climate Systems

AMS Institute researches urban climate systems to evaluate their functioning. We also research the adaption of ecosystem services to climate change with the goal of improving the quality of life in Amsterdam and its climate resilience. For this purpose, the entire urban air-water-soil-green system is analyzed.

Research results in turn allow for better assessment and design of solutions to reduce the risk adverse consequences of climate change. With this AMS Institute contributes to understanding the city’s detrimental and beneficial dynamics around climate-proving to overall accelerate change towards more climate resilient cities.

“The urban climate is like an archipelago of micro-climates and that is why it is so extremely interesting to work with!”

Sanda Lenzholzer

Associate Professor & AMS PI

We focus on four areas of expertise:

  • Weather/Meteorology: Weather phenomena of the urban environment are modeled and studied for insight. What do rainfall, temperature and wind turbulences look like in and around Amsterdam?
  • Water/Hydrology: The urban water cycle system with regards to rainfall, evaporation, storage and discharge is modeled. How can flooding after storms be predicted and prevented?
  • Scenario Planning & Urban Planning: The scenario planning approach maps different possible futures to be prepared to whatever actually happens. This proven approach reduces the negative outcome through better planning. In addition, the climate adaptation planning approach for resilient cities involves both careful design and assessment of interventions. Without looking closer at what has been done and is intended, learning is impossible.
  • Societal Factors: While climate change and resilient solutions to it are a complex technological and biological challenge, the societal factors are just as important. What is the impact of research on climate resilient solutions? What is the cost for water management and health care.

Preventing and addressing the adverse affects of climate change simply cannot be worked at a city level alone. This calls for a multi-level, long- and short-term collaboration that transcends the city limits and requires an integrated vision.

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Introducing a new MOOC

Climate Resilient Cities

Our new and third MOOC will start on May 21. During this course you will discover the potential benefits of nature-based solutions (NBS) in metropolitan areas and develop strategies for their implementation.

Project

Green Junkie

Climate Resilient Cities

Exploring added values of a new green innovation for an economical vital city

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The Green Health Check

Climate Resilient Cities

Urban green offers many benefits beyond aesthetic and general recreational pleasure. A model to better guide urban actors - backed by research - was developed to understand the relationship between urban green environment and aspects of human health.

Project

The Green Health Check

Climate Resilient Cities

Urban green offers many benefits beyond aesthetic and general recreational pleasure. A model to better guide urban actors - backed by research - was developed to understand the relationship between urban green environment and aspects of human health.

Project

REALCOOL

Climate Resilient Cities

Surging heat levels in the city prompted Amsterdam’s decision makers and research talent further to look for climate proofing solutions. Research hand in hand with design presented prototypes using water to cool the city.

Project

AAMS - Weather monitoring in cities

Climate Resilient Cities

The weather in cities is crucial for the environmental quality and livability. The Amsterdam Atmospheric Monitoring Supersite (AAMS), a network that consists of 30 weather stations, maps the weather in Amsterdam over the long term.

Project

Healthy Urban Route Planner

Climate Resilient Cities

Quickest route, shortest route, route with the least traffic… Contemporary route planners offer people an array of route choices for getting from A to B. But with pollution rates varying from street to street, what about the most healthy route?

Project

Healthy Urban Route Planner

Climate Resilient Cities

Quickest route, shortest route, route with the least traffic… Contemporary route planners offer people an array of route choices for getting from A to B. But with pollution rates varying from street to street, what about the most healthy route?

Project

Urban AirQ

Climate Resilient Cities

Filling in the blind spots of urban air quality in Amsterdam, together with citizens.

News

Introducing a new MOOC

Climate Resilient Cities

Our new and third MOOC will start on May 21. During this course you will discover the potential benefits of nature-based solutions (NBS) in metropolitan areas and develop strategies for their implementation.

News

Introducing a new MOOC

Climate Resilient Cities

Our new and third MOOC will start on May 21. During this course you will discover the potential benefits of nature-based solutions (NBS) in metropolitan areas and develop strategies for their implementation.

Project

Green Junkie

Climate Resilient Cities

Exploring added values of a new green innovation for an economical vital city

Project

Green Junkie

Climate Resilient Cities

Exploring added values of a new green innovation for an economical vital city

Project

Green Junkie

Climate Resilient Cities

Exploring added values of a new green innovation for an economical vital city

Project

Green Junkie

Climate Resilient Cities

Exploring added values of a new green innovation for an economical vital city

Project

The Green Health Check

Climate Resilient Cities

Urban green offers many benefits beyond aesthetic and general recreational pleasure. A model to better guide urban actors - backed by research - was developed to understand the relationship between urban green environment and aspects of human health.

Project

REALCOOL

Climate Resilient Cities

Surging heat levels in the city prompted Amsterdam’s decision makers and research talent further to look for climate proofing solutions. Research hand in hand with design presented prototypes using water to cool the city.

Project

The Green Health Check

Climate Resilient Cities

Urban green offers many benefits beyond aesthetic and general recreational pleasure. A model to better guide urban actors - backed by research - was developed to understand the relationship between urban green environment and aspects of human health.

Project

REALCOOL

Climate Resilient Cities

Surging heat levels in the city prompted Amsterdam’s decision makers and research talent further to look for climate proofing solutions. Research hand in hand with design presented prototypes using water to cool the city.

Project

AAMS - Weather monitoring in cities

Climate Resilient Cities

The weather in cities is crucial for the environmental quality and livability. The Amsterdam Atmospheric Monitoring Supersite (AAMS), a network that consists of 30 weather stations, maps the weather in Amsterdam over the long term.

Project

AAMS - Weather monitoring in cities

Climate Resilient Cities

The weather in cities is crucial for the environmental quality and livability. The Amsterdam Atmospheric Monitoring Supersite (AAMS), a network that consists of 30 weather stations, maps the weather in Amsterdam over the long term.

Project

AAMS - Weather monitoring in cities

Climate Resilient Cities

The weather in cities is crucial for the environmental quality and livability. The Amsterdam Atmospheric Monitoring Supersite (AAMS), a network that consists of 30 weather stations, maps the weather in Amsterdam over the long term.

Project

AAMS - Weather monitoring in cities

Climate Resilient Cities

The weather in cities is crucial for the environmental quality and livability. The Amsterdam Atmospheric Monitoring Supersite (AAMS), a network that consists of 30 weather stations, maps the weather in Amsterdam over the long term.

Project

Healthy Urban Route Planner

Climate Resilient Cities

Quickest route, shortest route, route with the least traffic… Contemporary route planners offer people an array of route choices for getting from A to B. But with pollution rates varying from street to street, what about the most healthy route?

Project

Healthy Urban Route Planner

Climate Resilient Cities

Quickest route, shortest route, route with the least traffic… Contemporary route planners offer people an array of route choices for getting from A to B. But with pollution rates varying from street to street, what about the most healthy route?

Project

Urban AirQ

Climate Resilient Cities

Filling in the blind spots of urban air quality in Amsterdam, together with citizens.

Project

Urban AirQ

Climate Resilient Cities

Filling in the blind spots of urban air quality in Amsterdam, together with citizens.