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Urban Energy Budget Estimation from Sentinels: The URBANFLUXES Project

Chrysoulakis, Nektarios and Heldens, Wieke and Gastellu-Etchegorry, Jean-Philippe and Grimmond, Sue and Feigenwinter, Christian and Lindberg, Fredrik and Del Frate, Fabio and Klostermann, Judith and Mitraka, Zina and Esch, Thomas and Al Bitar, Ahmad and Gabey, Andy and Parlow, Eberhard and Olofson, Frans (2015) Urban Energy Budget Estimation from Sentinels: The URBANFLUXES Project. In: Mapping Urban Areas from Space. Mapping Urban Areas from Space, 4.-5. November 2015, Frascati, Italien.

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The recently launched H2020-Space project URBANFLUXES (URBan ANthrpogenic heat FLUX from Earth observation Satellites) investigates the potential of Copernicus Sentinels to retrieve anthropogenic heat flux, as a key component of the Urban Energy Budget (UEB). Temperatures in cities are predicted to rise even more in the future, resulting in increased energy demand for cooling systems in low and mid-latitude cities, modifying UEB. A positive feedback cycle occurs in many urban areas, where higher temperatures result in more energy being used for cooling, which in turn adds to heat emissions and increases temperatures further during periods with increased heat wave risk. It is expected that without mitigation measures, energy demand will continue to increase during the warmest months. URBANFLUXES advances the current knowledge of the impacts of UEB fluxes on urban heat island and consequently on energy consumption in cities. This will lead to the development of tools and strategies to mitigate these effects, improving thermal comfort and energy efficiency. In URBANFLUXES, the anthropogenic heat flux is estimated as a residual of UEB. Therefore, the rest UEB components, namely, the net all-wave radiation, the net change in heat storage and the turbulent sensible and latent heat fluxes are independently estimated from Earth Observation (EO), whereas the advection term is included in the error of the anthropogenic heat flux estimation from the UEB closure. A dense network of conventional meteorological stations is used in each case study city: London, Basel and Heraklion. EO data is initially analysed to map urban surface morphology and cover, whilst a new approach has been developed to define Local Climate Zones (LCZ). Using the LCZ as a framework, advanced EO-based methods are used to estimate UEB fluxes: a sophisticated radiative transfer model (Discrete Anisotropic Radiative Transfer) is employed to simulate the net all-wave radiation; the computation of the storage term is based on the Element Surface Temperature Method, supported by the auxiliary datasets; and the estimation of the turbulent heat fluxes is based on the Aerodynamic Resistance Method, supported by standard meteorological measurements. In-situ flux measurements (Eddy Covariance, scintilometry) and bottom-up approaches (inventories, building energy models) are used to evaluate URBANFLUXES outcomes, whereas uncertainties are specified and analysed. The project exploits Sentinels observations, which provide improved data quality, coverage and revisit times and increase the value of EO data for scientific work and future emerging applications. These observations can reveal novel scientific insights for the detection and monitoring of the spatial distribution of the urban energy budget fluxes in cities, thereby generating new EO opportunities. URBANFLUXES thus exploits the European capacity for space-borne observations to enable the development of operational services in the field of urban environmental monitoring and energy efficiency in cities. It is therefore expected to prepare the ground for further innovative exploitation of European space data in scientific activities (climate variability studies at local and regional scales) and future and emerging applications (sustainable urban planning, mitigation technologies) to benefit climate change mitigation/adaptation and civil protection.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/99883/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information:Beitrag aus einem H2020 Projekt (URBANFLUXES)
Title:Urban Energy Budget Estimation from Sentinels: The URBANFLUXES Project
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Chrysoulakis, NektariosFoundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion, Crete, GreeceUNSPECIFIED
Heldens, WiekeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6209-5664
Gastellu-Etchegorry, Jean-PhilippeCESBIOUNSPECIFIED
Grimmond, SueUniversity of ReadingUNSPECIFIED
Feigenwinter, ChristianUniversity of Basel, Basel, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIED
Lindberg, FredrikGötheborg UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Klostermann, JudithWageningen UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Esch, ThomasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5868-9045
Gabey, AndyUniversity of ReadingUNSPECIFIED
Parlow, EberhardUniversity of Basel, Basel, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIED
Olofson, FransGötheborg UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Mapping Urban Areas from Space
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Urban remote senisng, urban energy budget estimation, Sentinels, URBANFLUXES
Event Title:Mapping Urban Areas from Space
Event Location:Frascati, Italien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:4.-5. November 2015
Organizer:ESA Esrin
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Fernerkundung der Landoberfläche (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Heldens, Dr Wieke
Deposited On:03 Dec 2015 14:32
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 00:25

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