A general consensus within the scientific community is that climate change will not only manifest in increasing air temperatures, but also through an intensification of extreme events. More specifically climate change poses significant challenges for cities, as they are often densely populated areas with high levels of greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as air pollution, extreme weather events, and heatwaves. Cities are also important contributors to climate change, accounting for around 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The purpose of the ClimProSud project is an assessment of the urban bio-climate that will improve our understanding of the impacts of urbanization on the local climate and how this, in turn, affects human health, the natural environment, and urban infrastructure.
The ClimProSud project has the ambition to provide urban climate information at impact-relevant spatial and temporal scales for the southern region of Luxembourg. Cities play a critical role in addressing climate change, and their actions especially in the field of urban planning can have significant impacts on global greenhouse gas emissions and on the resilience of urban communities. LIST researchers teamed up with our long-standing cooperation partner Geo-Net (GmbH, Hannover, Germany) to deliver urban planning information at a spatial resolution of 5m for the southern part of Luxembourg. Based on numerical regional climate projections performed by LIST, the future climate conditions of the region will be in cooperated in this study.
The urban bio-climate assessment will address a wide range of impacts on urban areas and communities in the southern region of Luxembourg including:
Overall, the ClimProSud project will help cities to better understand and address the challenges of climate change, leading to more sustainable, resilient, and healthy urban environments.