Blecic, Ivan and Cecchini, Arnaldo and Falk, Matthias and Marras, Serena and Pyles, Rex David and Spano, Donatella Emma Ignazia and Trunfio, Giuseppe Andrea (2014) Urban metabolism and climate change: a planning support system. Interrnational Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Vol. 26 , p. 447-457. ISSN 0303-2434. eISSN 1872-826X. Article.
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Patterns of urban development influence flows of material and energy within urban settlements and exchanges with its surrounding. In recent years the quantitative estimation of the components of the so-called urban metabolism has increasingly attracted the attention of researchers from different fields. To contribute to this effort we developed a modelling framework for estimating the carbon exchanges together with sensible and latent heat fluxes and air temperature in relation to alternative land-use scenarios. The framework bundles three components: (i) a Cellular Automata model for the simulation of the urban land-use dynamics; (ii) a transportation model for estimating the variation of the transportation network load and (iii) the Advanced Canopy-Atmosphere-Soil Algorithm (ACASA) model tightly coupled with the mesoscale weather forecasting model WRF. We present and discuss the results of an example application on the City of Florence.
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