Urban greening models

Urban Green Infrastructure has a key role in improving human and environmental health in cities and contributes to several services related to climate adaptation.

We provide accurate localization and quantification of pervious surfaces and canopy cover, to facilitate urban greening knowledge, management and monitoring, and to address sustainable spatial planning.

We use high resolution aerial images with infrared information to map pervious surfaces and canopy cover, combining Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) with Digital Elevation Models.

The method is simple and replicable, to continue to monitor urban greening through time.

With this approach, we can map public and private areas and provide very precise results for the urban cover, distinguishing different urban green elements, such as bushes and small green patches.

Urban Heat Island models

The human dimension is a key concern for healthy urban living and to manage the risks related to climate change. For this purpose, we use experimental approaches to gather data on urban heat islands and microclimatic variations within the urban environment. We use low cost sensors to measure, analyze and visualize the urban heat island effect. We measure in a short period of time with many systems temperature and humidity in the city and connect the measurements with the locations through GPS. The system can be mounted on bikes..

Sustainable energy planning

The use of renewable energy systems will massively increase to address climate change and meet the EU ambitious energy targets. Such systems require planning and management tools to control the landscape transformation and to ensure that the changes are accepted by the citizens. We offer tools to control landscape transformations derived by the RES and envision inclusive energy landscapes in urban and territorial environments. Such tools include strategies to define suitable locations and design solutions integrated in the context. 

We propose an integrated approach to inform and guide transformation processes, based on empirical evidence and spatio-technological feasibility, accepted by the community and integrated in the landscape. The results can be used for the development of local spatial plans for renewable energy implementation or to set an energy transition landscape impact assessment.

We can combine quantitative data for solar energy potential, such as climatological and topographical data, visual impact and landscape sensitivity, cultural and social data, with qualitative information derived from the citizens and the relevant stakeholders.

The procedure can be used for cities as well as regions.

Our expertise include photovoltaic solutions (on ground and building-integrated) and wind power.

Participatory planning

Achieving ecological transition leads to immediate landscape transformations, which change the physical landscape and the experience of the users. To balance the different drivers of landscape transformations, processes of negotiation between stakeholders (e.g. decision-makers, inhabitants, developers) are needed to define and shape the values and functions of landscape. We can provide support to negotiate trade-offs and manage transformations, and to optimize scenarios highlighting physical landscape and social considerations. Specifically, we can gather the community perceptions through various methods and facilitate their integration in the planning tools.