LIFECOOLCITY

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Life Cool City

PERIOD: 2023 - 2029

Remote Sensing as a solution for effective urban climate change adaptation

The ambition of the "Use of remote sensing for management of blue-green infrastructure in the process of city adaptation to climate change” (LIFECOOLCITY) project is to support the management of blue-green infrastructure (BGI) in 10,000 cities in the European Union. This will be addressed by implementing innovative systems that utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing (satellite and aerial imagery). The goal is to enhance the adaptive capacity of cities to the effects of anthropogenic climate change and bring them closer to the model of smart cities of the future.

As a result, city administrators and residents will gain access to four informational products grouped into two computer systems. These will help identify the most significant adaptive needs of their respective urbanized areas, develop a BGI management strategy to minimize climate-related risks, and monitor the effectiveness of its implementation.

The EUROPE system, based on the satellite data, will identify areas in European cities with intensified environmental challenges, and consist of two products:

EU cities Ranking of BGI

a free report published periodically from 2025 until the end of the project, providing an assessment of the state of BGI in at least 10,000 cities across the European Union. It will offer insights into trends in the condition of BGI in cities, allowing for a comparison of the scale of challenges as well as adaptive needs in respective locations.

BGI SAT-MONITORING Report for city

a paid report containing more detailed information on the spatial variability of a specific city's environmental issues. Orders for this report will be possible starting from 2025. It will include maps illustrating the spatial distribution of environmental problems within a given city, and highlight areas with the highest intensity of such alarming issues. Ordered periodically, it will provide knowledge about the temporal changes in the range and severity of environmental problems within the city.

The CITY system will operate based on information obtained from aerial surveys and will serve as a decision-support tool for implementing specific Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) at the city level. Within the CITY system, it will be possible to order two paid products:

BGI AUDIT Report for city

This report will identify key intervention areas for BGI improvement within the city and propose the most beneficial nature-based solutions. The BGI audit will also identify ecologically valuable areas that should be protected due to their positive contribution to climate change adaptation.

BGI AIR-MONITORING Report for city

This report will assess the state of implemented BGI solutions and their effectiveness.

The first city for which a BGI reconstruction concept will be developed based on the project's products will be Wrocław, Poland. By utilizing aerial data and other remote sensing informational products, the city's needs will be identified. Subsequently, actions will be implemented, including BGI reconstruction, changes in the management of the city’s green areas, and the protection of particularly valuable locations in the context of climate change adaptation. The effectiveness of the implemented changes will then be evaluated.

During the project, an informational and educational platform called "Life in a Cool City" will be created, providing direct access to the developed informational products. It will serve as a knowledge base regarding the utilization of remote sensing in urban climate change adaptation.

The project is being jointly implemented by seven organizations:

Miasto Wrocław

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Dofinansowane przez Unię Europejską

Contact

Maria Niedzielko

Maria Niedzielko

administration and formal issues

mniedzielko@mggpaero.com

Dominik Kopeć

Dominik Kopeć

matter-of-fact issues

dkopec@mggpaero.com

Łukasz Sławik

Łukasz Sławik

business

lslawik@mggpaero.com

News

  • 31.01.2024 | Climate change and its impact on cities
    projekt Life Cool City

    Climate crisis and its impact on urban life

    Topic of the climate crisis and its consequences has been present in public debate for a long time. While the climate has naturally changed over centuries (and geological eras), scientific evidence clearly points out that in the last 150 years, since the beginning of the industrial revolution, humans have significantly contributed to the rapid pace of these changes, deepening their negative effects.

    Where are we heading?

    In 2015, under the Paris Agreement, the governments of nearly 200 countries set a clear goal: "by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C." However, reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicate that this ambitious goal may not be achieved, and the 1.5°C threshold could be surpassed as early as 2030. This means that we must learn to adapt to a changing climate today.

    Cities, due to their characteristics and the way they change the natural landscape, are highly vulnerable to experiencing the negative impacts of climate change. At the same time, they can significantly contribute to mitigating these changes. According to UN data[1], cities consume nearly 80% of the energy produced and are responsible for over 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, urbanization is still progressing. The UN predicts[2] that within the next 30 years, the percentage of Europeans living in cities will increase from the current 74% to 83%.

    Urban landscape - to live or survive in?

    As cities develop, there is a major transformation of the natural landscape into an anthropogenic landscape, with built structures and infrastructure as key elements. Their emergence increases the share of impermeable surfaces at the expense of green areas, accompanied by a transformation of the natural water cycle. Our cities lose the ability to retain water, resulting in an increased frequency and intensity of so-called flash floods even during light rainfall, while intensifying the occurrence of droughts during rainless periods. The presence of a large amount of concrete surfaces also contributes to local air temperature rise in city centers compared to suburban areas – this phenomenon is known as the urban heat island effect.

    As a result, vegetation quality in cities is declining, functioning less effectively than in suburban areas, with limited flowering and fruiting, often gradually withering. This situation is not improved by the frequent air pollution in cities, as well as poorly planned maintenance practices, such as intensified mowing and trimming.

    Why is the issue of urban greenery so crucial? Because it provides us with numerous ecosystem services, and its presence brings us many benefits – not only those related to aesthetics. Vegetation in the city purifies the air we breathe and helps reduce temperature as well as capture rainfall. Therefore, it supports us in effectively adapting our cities to climate change. This is particularly crucial since life in cities is not easy. Just look at the statistics: according to information published by the C40Cities organization[3], in less than 30 years, over 1.6 billion people living in the world's thousand largest cities will be exposed to regular, extreme heatwaves, equivalent to over 40% of the current urban population.

    Urban environmental challenges

    Cities today face enormous challenges. Climate change and the negative effects of advancing urbanization overlap, influencing everyone's lives. The need for the effective implementation of European adaptation strategies and the growing grassroots pressure resulting from increasing awareness and social expectations require cities to make quick and accurate decisions regarding efficient adaptive actions.

    Among the urban environmental challenges, five main problems can be distinguished, the solution of which is crucial for the effective adaptation of cities to a changing climate:

    1. Low quality of vegetation
    2. Unfavorable water conditions
    3. Increase in ground temperature
    4. Surface sealing
    5. Low biodiversity

    As part of the LIFECOOLCITY project, we will analyze the current state of the mentioned environmental challenges to support the management of blue-green infrastructure (BGI) in 10,000 cities in the European Union. This will be addressed by implementing innovative systems that utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing (satellite and aerial imagery). The goal is to enhance the adaptive capacity of cities to the effects of anthropogenic climate change and bring them closer to the model of smart cities of the future.

  • projekt Life Cool City

    On January 31, 2023, a meeting was held to mark the launch of the LIFECOOLCITY project - use of remote sensing for management of blue-green infrastructure in the process of city adaptation to climate change.

    It was the first opportunity for all partners - both from Poland and Germany - to meet face-to-face and talk about the challenges ahead, plan the implementation of individual activities and get to know each other better. In a workshop atmosphere, the participants discussed, among other things, a detailed work plan for the coming months, learned about the guidelines for reporting the effects of their activities, and decided on the visual identity of the project.

    The meeting was attended by representatives of all partners:

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    With the beginning of the year, the LIFECOOLCITY project (Use of remote sensing for management of blue-green infrastructure in the process of city adaptation to climate change) was launched. The purpose of the project's activities is to enhance the adaptive capacity of cities to the effects of anthropogenic climate change and bring them closer to the model of smart cities of the future.

    The consortium's actions will focus on supporting the management of blue-green infrastructure (BGI) in 10,000 cities in the European Union by implementing innovative systems that utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing (satellite and aerial imagery).

    The first city for which a BGI reconstruction concept will be developed based on the project's products will be Wrocław, Poland.

    The project is being jointly implemented by seven organizations:


    The project activities are planned for the years 2023-2029.

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