The Urban Integrated Assessment Facility (UIAF)

New research endeavours at Fudan Tyndall Centre might include:

The Tyndall Centre Urban Integrated Assessment Facility (UIAF) simulates the main processes of long term change at the scale of whole cities.

It has been developed for London as its first case study city and demonstrates scenarios of how economy, landuse, energy, heatwaves, drought and flooding could interact over the 21st Century on spatial scales from the whole city to individual neighbourhoods.

The Urban Integrated Assessment Facility provides tools for planners and infrastructure designers to assess the long term sustainability of plans and policies.

It helps stakeholders and researchers begin to understand how urban and environmental policies can be devised that yield benefits to a number of objectives and avoid undesirable side-effects. Its components include:

Blueprint for integrated assessment of urban systems (Newcastle)

Landuse model (Newcastle and University College London [UCL])

Economic simulation and scenarios (Cambridge)

City scale emissions accounting tool (Manchester)

Transport policy appraisal and emissions accounting tool (Leeds and Loughborough)

Evaluation and implementation of impacts assessment modules (Newcastle, UCL, Met Office)

More info: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ceser/demonstrations/cities/

Key reference

Hall, J.W., Dawson, R.J., Walsh, C.L., Barker, T.,  Barr, S.L., Batty, M., Bristow, A.L., Burton, A., Carney, S., Dagoumas, A., Evans, S., Ford, A.C., Glenis, V., Goodess, C.G.,  Harpham, C, Harwatt, H., Kilsby, C., Köhler, J., Jones, P., Manning, L., McCarthy, M., Sanderson, M., Tight, M. and Zanni, A.M. (2009) Engineering Cities. How can cities grow whilst reducing emissions and vulnerability? Newcastle University, October, 2009, 37pp.


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