Caring about the future

BRIDGE - Sustainable urban planning decision support accounting for urban metabolism
Coordinator - Carlos Borrego
CESAM Responsible researcher - Carlos Borrego
Programme - Seventh Framework Programme
Execution dates - 2008-01-01 - 2011-12-31 (48 Months)
Funding Entity - European Commission
Funding for CESAM - 289640 €
Total Funding - 3099975 €
Proponent Institution - n
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro

Project Description

The main objective of BRIDGE is to study flows of energy, water, carbon and pollutants through the economy in order to devise planning strategies to increase the efficiency and reduce the impact of these flows and therefore decoupling conventional resource use from economic development. Multidisciplinary research will address urban metabolism and resource optimisation in the urban fabric. The role of land use in relation to urban pattern and typology will be assessed using remote sensing data and methodologies.The flows of energy and material between the urban system and its environment (peri-urban area and atmosphere), among them, the anthropogenic heat sources will be measured and modelled using recent advances in urban climatology. The exchanges of moisture, carbon dioxide, radiation, heat, momentum, and other quantities will be described by advanced model parameterisation of turbulence, plant physiology, soil and surface physics, and radiation transfer. The observational data will be used to validate the different mathematical procedures to assure that the different methods and interactions are reflecting the reality. Environmental impact of the above flows will be evaluated based on recent advances of environmental science, whereas state of the art methodologies will be used to evaluate their socio-economic impact. Finally, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) capabilities will be exploited to develop a Decision Support System (DSS) capable of integrating the data, the model results and/or the models and the impact assessment methodologies and of providing scenarios for resource optimisation in urban fabric. These scenarios will be evaluated by end users in BRIDGE case studies, contributing to the development of new strategies for a more sustainable use of energy and materials in urban planning. The DSS stem will be demonstrated and its European applicability will be presented. Dissemination activities during the project’s life cycle will prepare the DSS exploitation.

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CESAM members on this project
Carlos Borrego
PI in UA
Joana Valente
PhD student

PhD student

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020