Mol, 25/08/2016: VITO has been advising cities on the most effective ways to tackle the impact of global warming for quite some time now, including the use of heat maps. In 2013, VITO studied the effect of extreme heat days in the cities Antwerp and Ghent. The conclusions were striking. In the city, it is up to 8 degrees warmer in the late afternoon, evening and especially at night, in comparision with the temperature in rural areas. Only green oases in the city – like the city park or the zoo – led to a significant drop in temperature. This so-called urban heat island effect applies to all large and medium cities. VITO is going to expand the measurements to Hasselt, Lier and Bruges as part of a project commissioned by VMM-MIRA.
During the VITO Technology @ Lunch on 20 October, VITO experts and other external experts, including Peter vermeulen (Stramien) for this particular lunch session, offer all Flemish cities the opportunity to explore the possibilities of environmental modeling that can support urban planners and designers. Register now. Participation is free of charge.
Furthermore, VITO is developing an app concerning this topic for the city of Antwerp. The Antwerp city council aims to greening the city more targeted, thereby improving the living environment in the inner city. All of our knowledge of ecosystems, biodiversity and the various environmental themes has been included in the Green Tool (‘Groentool’ in Dutch). This tool allows urban planners to already explore the potential of green to improve the living environment (heat stress, air quality …) in a specific area or neighborhood during the design stage.
Project manager VITO
Technology @ Lunch 20 October 2016, 13 – 15 h, VITO office Berchem (dutch only): technologyatlunch.vito.be/modelleren-op-straatniveau