Climate Analysis Seoul (CAS)
- © Chair of Climatology, TU Berlin, 2013
The research and development project Climate Analysis Seoul (CAS) is a collaborative activity between TU Berlin and the Korean National Institute of Meteorological Research (NIMR) and started in 2008. The goal of the project is to develop a software-based methodology for analysing the climate of Seoul with respect to urban and regional environmental planning. It is based on results of the finished research project CAMPUS.
Megacities like Seoul show a distinct urban climate that is of great importance for the health and quality of life of the 23 million inhabitants of the Greater Seoul Area. To be able to consider and influence the urban climate and its effects (e.g. increased heat stress or altered energy demand), city-specific climate knowledge is necessary. Reliable planning advices and measures can be elaborated only through analysis and assessment of the urban climate.
For that purpose, the Chair of Climatology develops a software for urban climate analysis which shall be applied in planning processes. The CAS software is a tool which allows, for example, modelling of air temperature and wind fields, among others, in the urban area. For this purpose, the required spatially distributed information about surface properties are generated from digital elevation and surface models, biotope maps and traffic data. From these data, input parameters for the simulation of atmosphere dynamics are produced. The numerical mesoscale atmospheric model MetPhoMod is applied to simulate the urban climate under different idealised conditions (e.g. different seasons or heat stress situations) and land use scenarios.
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