Simulating the impact of blue-green infrastructure on the local microclimate of urban areas

Started: October 2015

Supervisor: Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk

Description of Research

More than half of the global population is now said to be living in urban areas. Understanding of the urban microclimate (temperature, humidity, air quality etc.) is therefore a key tool in ensuring the sustainability of growing cities. Through the use of high resolution large-eddy simulation this research aims to model the dynamics and processes of the urban canopy and boundary layer. Pollution dispersion, green infrastructure and building efficiency can be incorporated into existing models to produce numerical results that further the understanding of their role in urban areas.