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Next Generation City Climate Services Using Advanced Weather Models and Emerging Data Sources.

Duration:  10/2021 - 09/2023 (36 Monate)

Funding: Research and Innovation Actions (RIA)

Partners: OHB System AG, OHB Digital Services GmbH (linked third party), OHB Digital Connect GmbH (linked third party), Institut für angewandte Systemtechnik Bremen GmbH, Meteologix AG, Kachelmann GmbH (linked third party), OHB Digital Solutions GmbH, Universitat de Valencia, CLT-UFA S.A. (RTL Luxembourg), Region of Central Macedonia, Ayuntamiento de Valencia, Stadt Karlsruhe

The strategic objective of CityCLIM is to significantly contribute to delivering the next-generation of City Climate Services based on advanced weather forecast models enhanced with data both from existing, but insufficiently used, sources and emerging data sources, such as satellite data (e.g., Copernicus data) or data generated by Citizens Science approaches for Urban Climate Monitoring etc. For City Climate Services, data products of interest related to land surface properties, atmospheric properties (e.g., aero-sol optical thickness), geometry etc. For all of those, information of interest concerns e.g., Copernicus data products and services that are already existing (e.g., based on Sentinel-3/OLCI, PROBA-V, SPOT, Sentinel-1, MetopASCAT data), will exist in the near future (based on already flying satellites such as Sentinel-2), or will exist in the mid-term (based on satellites currently under development) and long-term (based on satellites soon starting concept phase) future.

The project will establish; (i) an open platform allowing for efficient building of services based on access to diverse data; (ii) enhanced weather models based on data from diverse existing and emerging sources; (iii) a set of City Climate Services customi-zable to specific needs of users in cities; and (iv) a generic Framework for building next generation of Urban Climate Services. CityCLIM will be driven by 4 Pilots addressing diverse climate regions in Europe (Luxembourg, Thessaloniki, Valencia, Karlsruhe) which will define requirements upon the tools to be de-veloped, support specification and testing of the services and serve as demonstrators of the selected approaches and the developed technologies. The consortium will elaborate business plan to assure sus-tainability of the platform and services.

CityCLIM directly involves feedback from citizens and city administrations, which will result in a broader insight of the needs and requirements of all relevant stakeholders regarding possible actionable and effective climate change mitigation strategies. Within the CityCLIM project the UFZ will apply CS approaches in urban and environmental context aiming to clearly define and elaborate the type of citizen involvement and the tools to be used. Hence, the main task of the UFZ is the development and evaluation of Citizen Science concepts for Urban Climate Monitoring. The concepts aims on the inclusion of citizens in data acquisition, data quality assurance, context sensitive interpretation of data, utilisation of data.

The UFZ will investigate the following tasks with the departments Monitoring and Exploration Technologies and Ecosystem Services :

  • Definition and characterization of CS stakeholders, based on the collaboration with the pilot cities
  • Study and Definition on appropriate incentives that encourage participation in Citizen Science projects
  • Definition and establishment of communication channels to interact with the CS stakeholders, based on the collaboration with the pilot cities
  • Availability of a web-interface for the “weather and climate feeling” concept
  • Availability and access to information on existing CS projects within the pilot cities and beyond