Heavier rainfall and storms, higher temperatures, rising sea levels, drought and other climate change consequences all present challenges to the quality of city life. Moreover, due to increasing urbanisation the number of people having to deal with these consequences is also growing. As a result, cities across the globe need to prepare for the impact of climate change on urban life. Amsterdam is aware of this, and is committed to becoming as climate-proof as possible by 2050.

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Amsterdam's urban dome 50 stories high

Climate Resilient Cities

During last July's heatwave, researchers from Wageningen University & Research and Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) launched weather balloons from Dam Square to map the height of the urban dome.

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Weather balloons measure urban heat

Climate Resilient Cities

To better understand the city's climate, we will be launching weather balloons every 2 hours during the 24 hours that fo

To foster these developments and connect them to the state-of-the-art knowledge from science, the Climate Resilient Cities research program works on a few different areas of expertise (see below), answering questions like: what do rainfall, temperature and wind turbulences look like in and around Amsterdam? How can flooding after storms be predicted and prevented? Or from a more societal point of view: what is the impact of research on climate resilient solutions, how can results and effective measures actually be implemented? Furthermore, the research program maps different possible futures to be prepared to whatever actually happens.

“We want to improve the resiliency of the city by finding fiercely attractive solutions to our urgent challenges. Therefore, we work in triple-helix collaborations with knowledge partners like AMS Institute and business partners. Together with AMS Institute, we take the initiative and integrate the principles of resilience thinking into the city’s processes, encourage new kinds of cross-sectoral collaboration and support bottom-up initiatives by communities.”

Sacha Stolp - Senior Strategic Advisor City of Amsterdam, department of Engineering

The Climate Resilient Cities research program evaluates the functioning, adaptation and resilience of climate systems. The entire urban air-water-soil-green system is analyzed, to map rainfall, temperature and wind turbulence in and around Amsterdam. We then use this information to create a climate adaptation planning approach that carefully designs and assesses interventions such as greening and the sustainable (re)design and maintenance of the city’s infrastructure. In doing so, we work on 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. With this AMS Institute contributes to understanding the city’s detrimental and beneficial dynamics around climate and urban design, and thereby contributes to accelerate change towards more climate resilient cities.

Urban Heat Island

The summer of 2018 was extremely hot and dry. For Amsterdam, as for many other cities, this resulted in dying plants and grass, declined water quality, malfunctioning bridges, subsiding housing foundations and cracked cycle paths and roads. The extreme temperatures not only affected the environment, but also human health and well-being, especially of elderly people and young children. According to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, the kind of heat waves we saw last year, will become more frequent: from once every twenty years a century ago, to every two to three years now.

In densely populated areas such as Amsterdam, heat waves are more extreme, due to the so-called 'urban heat island effect'. This means that heat generated by people, vehicles and the sun is easily trapped by the materials used to build houses, industrial buildings, sidewalks, and parking lots. The effect is strongest at night during calm, clear weather. The temperature difference with areas outside the city can sometimes be more than five degrees. The level of this effect strongly depends on the density and height of the buildings and on the amount of green spaces present.

“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

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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.

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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.

Urban Green

Urban green plays an important role in making Amsterdam a climate resilient city. Green roofs, for example, ensure better absorption of rainwater, which slows down water discharge into the street. The ageing sewerage system can in this way better cope better with the increase of rain water. Green also has a cooling effect through evaporation in extreme heat. In addition, trees, flowers and plants have a positive effect on human health, contribute to the livability of a neighborhood and even improve performance.

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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.

MOOC III: Nature Based Metropolitan Solutions

Discover the potential benefits of nature-based solutions (NBS) in metropolitan areas and develop strategies for their implementation.

Air Quality

Air pollution causes substantial health risks. The quality of air depends on the time of day, location in a city and traffic intensity as well as weather conditions like wind speed. Improving the air quality in Amsterdam is also part of the Climate Resillience program.

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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?

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Urban AirQ

Climate Resilient Cities

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

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Innovation collabs for Bridges and Quays

Climate Resilient Cities

140 business and knowledge institute reps showcased Monitoring & Sensoring technologies for Bridges and Quays challenges

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Amsterdam's urban dome 50 stories high

Climate Resilient Cities

During last July's heatwave, researchers from Wageningen University & Research and Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) launched weather balloons from Dam Square to map the height of the urban dome.

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Smart City Expo Barcelona: workshop

Climate Resilient Cities

November 18th 2019

The workshop Future Proof Asset management will be held during the Smart City Expo Barcelona on November 18th. A workshop on how to speed and scale up innovations for cities to become smart and resilient.

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Smart City Expo Barcelona: workshop

Climate Resilient Cities

November 18th 2019

The workshop Future Proof Asset management will be held during the Smart City Expo Barcelona on November 18th. A workshop on how to speed and scale up innovations for cities to become smart and resilient.

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Weather balloons measure urban heat

Climate Resilient Cities

To better understand the city's climate, we will be launching weather balloons every 2 hours during the 24 hours that fo

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Green Junkie

Climate Resilient Cities

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

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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.

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

Innovation collabs for Bridges and Quays

Climate Resilient Cities

140 business and knowledge institute reps showcased Monitoring & Sensoring technologies for Bridges and Quays challenges

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Innovation collabs for Bridges and Quays

Climate Resilient Cities

140 business and knowledge institute reps showcased Monitoring & Sensoring technologies for Bridges and Quays challenges

News

Amsterdam's urban dome 50 stories high

Climate Resilient Cities

During last July's heatwave, researchers from Wageningen University & Research and Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) launched weather balloons from Dam Square to map the height of the urban dome.

News

Amsterdam's urban dome 50 stories high

Climate Resilient Cities

During last July's heatwave, researchers from Wageningen University & Research and Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) launched weather balloons from Dam Square to map the height of the urban dome.

News

Amsterdam's urban dome 50 stories high

Climate Resilient Cities

During last July's heatwave, researchers from Wageningen University & Research and Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) launched weather balloons from Dam Square to map the height of the urban dome.

News

Amsterdam's urban dome 50 stories high

Climate Resilient Cities

During last July's heatwave, researchers from Wageningen University & Research and Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) launched weather balloons from Dam Square to map the height of the urban dome.

Event

Smart City Expo Barcelona: workshop

Climate Resilient Cities

November 18th 2019

The workshop Future Proof Asset management will be held during the Smart City Expo Barcelona on November 18th. A workshop on how to speed and scale up innovations for cities to become smart and resilient.

News

Weather balloons measure urban heat

Climate Resilient Cities

To better understand the city's climate, we will be launching weather balloons every 2 hours during the 24 hours that fo

Event

Smart City Expo Barcelona: workshop

Climate Resilient Cities

November 18th 2019

The workshop Future Proof Asset management will be held during the Smart City Expo Barcelona on November 18th. A workshop on how to speed and scale up innovations for cities to become smart and resilient.

News

Weather balloons measure urban heat

Climate Resilient Cities

To better understand the city's climate, we will be launching weather balloons every 2 hours during the 24 hours that fo

Project

Green Junkie

Climate Resilient Cities

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

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Green Junkie

Climate Resilient Cities

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

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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

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.

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.