Second newsletter from the SUDPLAN project

SUDPLAN Newsletter 2 (February 2012): Two years development has passed, one last year is ahead of us. What has been achieved so far?

Lars Gidhagen

In SUDPLAN IT and environmental experts are brought together during three years to develop a tool for urban planning. The first year meant a lot of discussions and knowledge transfer, after which we were able to build the mockups and the first software prototypes at the end of 2010.
The second year has meant implementation and integration of the SUDPLAN components, the central ones being the Scenario Management System (with the user interface) and the Common Services (with the climate scenario data and environmental models). Important progress has also been achieved in the integration of local models into the Scenario Management System, this taking place in the two pilot cities Wuppertal and Linz.

Updates of SUDPLAN webpage

Those of you that have visited our home page recently should have noticed a considerable update and enhancement of information. To learn about project results I would recommend you to visit some recent pages e.g.:

  1. Under About SUDPLAN we have included descriptions of the input data required to use SUDPLAN Common Services, as well as of the output of these model services. In other words you will find answers to the questions “What do I get out of SUDPLAN?” and “What local data is needed to use the SUDPLAN tool?”
  2. Under Results you may find the rather extensive list of scientific publications and conference contributions generated by the project. Various papers and all oral presentations / posters are available for download.
  3. On the same Results page you also find two videos supported by the project. The first one is Swedish (but English spoken) and describes why climate scenario precipitation data must be downscaled in order to be useful for urban planning purposes. The second video is showing how Wuppertal authorities are working to protect the city from flooding.
  4. You may also read the latest software and modeling reports, as well as pilot’s second progress reports, all made publically available at the end of 2011. These reports are also found under Results, in the central column of the web page.

SUDPLAN Newsletter 2

  1. The Linz pilot, supporting the city’s sewage water management, disposes a SUDPLAN tool that integrates Common Services rainfall downscaling, the local hydraulic model SWMM and a new monitoring network. The goal is to assure that the content of dissolved and particulate matter in untreated waste water overflow does not pass the limits given by Austrian regulation. A status report of the progress is given here.
  2. Common Services includes air quality information on the European scale, used as input to downscaling in European cities. For air quality future projections, uncertainties are not only found in future climate scenarios but also in how European emissions will evolve and how hemispheric air pollution levels will change. Please find the results of a study of future ozone concentration levels in Europe.
  3. A SUDPLAN visualization demo is now available for public tests. In this Newsletter you will find a small description of the technical background to the demo. The link to the demo is also placed directly on the Results page. 
  4. Have you considered the SUDPLAN tool being of interest for your city? In that case you should reserve the days October 11-12, 2012, in your agenda. We will then organize a dissemination event in Wuppertal, Germany. The SUDPLAN product will be presented and through laboratory workshops you will be able to test the services provided. How will future rainfall, hydrological conditions or air quality evolve in your city?

The SUDPLAN consortium hopes to meet you at this coming year’s conferences and seminars. If the topics have to do with IT development, urban planning and climate change, you will find us there!

Norrköping 13 February, 2012

Lars Gidhagen
co-ordinator SUDPLAN