RAMSES brings together various scientific disciplines contributing to the knowledge on costs of climate adaptation in cities: adaptation, mitigation, climate change impacts, economics, architecture, infrastructure, urban and spatial planning, climate modelling, policy and governance, risks, resilience and vulnerability, health, and communication.
In order to do so, the RAMSES research applies the following concept:
Urban characteristics and their inter-linkages are identified and used to provide the local context for the assessment. From the top-down, drivers such as climate change and mitigation are used to quantify risks, vulnerabilities, costs and the benefits of adaptation which can be used to support the design of transition strategies in urban areas (source: own elaboration, skyline image from Photoshop Graphics 2012)
You can find more information about the single research activities here.
Research results are presented as project deliverables, scientific articles, a final scientific publication and a mid-term (embedded in ECCA 2015) and a final conference. Here you can find more information on the planned and realised papers and reports.
- K. Kourtidis, A.K. Georgoulias, S. Rapsomanikis, V. Amiridis, I. Keramitsoglou, H. Hooyberghs, B. Maiheu, D. Melas (2015): A study of the hourly variability of the urban heat island effect in the Greater Athens Area during summer, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 517, 1 June 2015, Pages 162-177, ISSN 0048-9697
- Koen De Ridder, Dirk Lauwaet, Bino Maiheu (2015): UrbClim – A fast urban boundary layer climate model, Urban Climate, Volume 12, June 2015, Pages 21-48, ISSN 2212-0955
- Lauwaet, D., H. Hooyberghs, B. Maiheu, W. Lefebvre, G. Driesen, S. Van Looy, and K. De Ridder (2015): Detailed Urban Heat Island Projections for Cities Worldwide: Dynamical Downscaling CMIP5 Global Climate Models. Climate, 3, 391-415, doi:10.3390/cli3020391
- Kallaos, J., Mainguy, G., Wyckmans, A. (2014): Considering resilience: steps towards an assessment framework. Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment 7(1), 5-28
- Zhou B, Rybski D, Kropp JP. (2013): On the statistics of urban heat island intensity. Geophysical Research Letters 40(20), 5486-5491
- Wouters, H., De Ridder, K. (2013): The diurnal evolution of urban heat island of Paris: a model-based case study during Summer 2006. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 13, 8525-8541
- Prahl BF, Rybski D, Kropp JP., Burghoff O, Held H (2012): Applying Stochastic Small-Scale Damage Functions to German Winter Storms. Geophysical Research Letters, 39(6): L06806
- D. Lauwaeta, K. De Riddera, S. Saeedb, E. Brissonb, c, F. Chatterjeeb, N.P.M. van Lipzigb, B. Maiheua, H. Hooyberghsa (2015): Assessing the current and future urban heat island of Brussels. Urban Climate, Volume 15, March 2016, 1–15