WD2 Resilient Cities

11:30 - 12:30

Big data is rising up the agenda as cities, buildings, and the internet of things produce ever increasing amounts of data about their activities. What form do these data sets take? Some are mapped over various scales, some are valuable in the moment while others build into a chronological picture, some are very specific whilst others are more subjective. Specifically, what should building services engineers be aware of? And how could innovative use of data sets help us create better buildings?

  • City data – what exists and how best to use it?
  • What different types of data set are in the pipeline?
  • What uses have already been found?
  • What potential is there for big data to impact resilient cities?
  • Using data to think beyond individual buildings and how those interact with their local environments

Chaired by: Suzie Diamond, Founding Partner, Inkling


Urban heat, big data and critical infrastructure networks

  • Cities as nodes for national infrastructure networks and the impact of urban heat
  • Revealing dynamics of the urban boundary layer through biotelemetry and bio-aerial platforms
  • Birmingham Urban Climate Laboratory

Speaker: Professor Lee Chapman, Professor of Climate Resilience in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

MAGIC: towards stable air temperatures and improved health

  • Breaking the cycle of poor outdoor air quality (AQ) & highly mechanised solutions in buildings
  • What could the sustainable development of cities look like?
  • Reducing energy demand in buildings
  • Tapping into the benefits of natural ventilation
  • Reducing air pollutants
  • Analysing the data impacting green infrastructure, heat island effect, and outdoor air quality
  • Data collection and modelling: initial results findings

Speaker: Professor Alan Robins, Principle Investigator, Managing Air for Greener  Inner Cities (MAGIC) and Professor of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, University of Surrey

Enhancing city resilience through environmental analytics and data from space 

  • Visualising environmental infrastructure for urban resilience: Project Bounce
  • Renewable energy location: Project RE-SAT
  • Mapping Flood Risks with Future Flow and Precipitation Images: Project FutureFlood
  • Data from space that could help enhance the resilience of buildings and cities

Speaker: Dr Debbie Clifford, Environmental Data Consultant, Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) 




  • Dr Debbie Clifford Environmental Data Consultant - Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA)
  • Alan Robins Professor of Environmental Fluid Mechanics - University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
  • Professor Lee Chapman Professor of Climate Resilience in the School of Geography, earth and Environmental Science - University of Birmingham


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