Over half of the world’s population now lives in urban centres and this share will continue to grow in the future. Cities contribute to climate change through the emission of air pollutants as much as they are affected by it. The development of meaningful urban climate models is critical to sustainable urban planning. The project Three-Dimensional Observation of Atmospheric Processes in Cities monitors air pollution and climate relevant parameters in Berlin, Hamburg, and Stuttgart. How do air pollutant concentrations vary across a city? How representative are individual measurements? What are the implications of this for atmospheric modelling? This project aims to answer these questions and more as a contribution to the development of innovative urban climate models.
BMBF- ref. no.: 01LP1602A