The World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools (WUDAPT) is an initiative to collect data on the form and function of cities around the world. The impact of cities on the climate at urban, regional and global scales is a topic of considerable debate. Much of the relevant research to date has been focused on mapping urban centers using demographic and administrative information, often supplemented by remote sensing. However, these data provide no information on the internal make-up of cities, which is important for understanding their impact on the environment as well as their vulnerability to change. The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes the dearth of information on urban areas. The WUDAPT initiative is designed to fill this gap.
The first meeting to begin the development of WUDAPT took place at University College Dublin, Ireland from 7-9 Jul2014, where a number of participants were from the COST Action.
The meeting agenda, the participants and the main meeting outcomes are summarized in the meeting report.
- the next WUDAPT workshop will take place in conjunction with the IAUC (International Association of Urban Climate) meeting in Toulouse in the summer of 2015
- the WUDAPT website will be further developed, including the training materials so that others can create Local Climate Zone maps of their cities
- we will investigate opportunities for further funding, which will include current COST Action members
- we will continue to develop protocols for data collection (local climate zones) and more detailed VGI from photographs, mobile devices and OSM