Sustainable Urban Development Planner for Climate Change Adaptation

A changed climate will expose European cities to environmental pressures. The SUDPLAN project - Sustainable Urban Development Planner for Climate Change Adaptation - aims at developing a web-based planning, prediction and training tool to support decisions in long term urban planning.
This will help to assure population´s health, comfort, safety and life quality as well as sustainability of investments in utilities and infrastructures within a changing climate. With its open nature and architectural design, SUDPLAN will contribute to a shared information space in Europe.

The risk of storm water flooding over sealed surfaces and the overflow in urban sewer systems, for now and within different climate change scenarios, will be possible to assess. SUDPLAN pilots will develop planning tools for dimensioning of water runoff systems and other infrastructure solutions to mitigate the effects of storm water flooding.

Many European cities are suffering from river flooding, caused by precipitation and melting snow linked to upstream river basins rather than by what is happening in the city itself. Other problems can be droughts or water shortage. The SUDPLAN tool can be used to evaluate the hydrological consequences of different local land use and urbanization, for present and future climatic conditions.

Duration: 2010-2012

Funded by: EU FP 7

Responsible at SMHI hydrology: Jonas Olsson

External partners: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT), cismet GmbH, Czech Environmental Information Agency, Apertum IT AB, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Stockholm - Uppsala Air Quality Management Association (SULVF), City of Wuppertal, Graz University of Technology (TUG)


Publications: Olsson, J., Gidhagen, L., and A. Kawamura (2011), Downscaling of Short-Term Precipitation Time Series for Climate Change Impact Assessment, in J. Hřebíček, G. Schimak, and R. Denzer (Eds.): ISESS 2011, IFIP AICT 359, pp. 625–630, 2011.