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Understanding urban metabolism : a tool for urban planning

Author: Nektarios Chrysoulakis; Eduardo Anselmo de Castro; Eddy J Moors
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : New York, NY : Routledge, 2015.
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"Understanding Urban Metabolism closes the gap between the bio-physical sciences and urban planning and illustrates the advantages of accounting for urban metabolism issues in urban design decisions. Urban Metabolism considers a city as a system, and distinguishes between energy and material flows as its components. Based on research from the BRIDGE project, this book deals with the exchanges and transformation of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nektarios Chrysoulakis; Eduardo Anselmo de Castro; Eddy J Moors
ISBN: 9780415835114 0415835119 1317658655 9781317658658 1315765845 9781315765846
OCLC Number: 825751019
Description: xv, 224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I Introduction --
1. Urban metabolism / Alexandros Karvounis --
2. Decision support tools for urban planning / Zina Mitraka --
3. The BRIDGE approach / Nektarios Chrysoulakis --
pt. II Measurements and modelling of physical flows --
4. Physical fluxes in the urban environment / C.S.B. Grimmond --
5. Environmental measurements in BRIDGE case studies / Mattheos Santamouris --
6. Use of Earth Observation to support urban modelling parameterization in BRIDGE / Nektarios Chrysoulakis --
7. Meso-scale meteorological models in the urban context / Juan Luis Perez --
8. Urban air quality models / Peter H. Freer-Smith --
9. Urban energy budget models / Donatella Spano --
10. Urban water balance and hydrology models to support sustainable urban planning / Frank van der Bolt --
11. Urban carbon budget modelling / Veronica Bellucco --
pt. III The socioeconomic components --
12. The use of communities of practice to involve stakeholders in the decision support system design / Ainhoa Gonzalez --
13. Collection of socio-economic data and indicators for urban integrated modelling / Ainhoa Gonzalez --
14. Combining environmental and socio-economic data / Marta Marques --
pt. IV The BRIDGE DSS --
15. The BRIDGE impact assessment framework / Alison Donnelly --
16. The BRIDGE Decision Support System / Nektarios Chrysoulakis --
17. Decision making under uncertainty: use of foresight for assessing planning alternatives / Annemarie Groot --
18. Guidelines for urban sustainable development / Jorge Humberto Amorim --
pt. V Conclusions --
19. Conclusions / Eddy J. Moors.
Responsibility: edited by Nektarios Chrysoulakis, Eduardo Anselmo de Castro and Eddy J. Moors.

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"Understanding Urban Metabolism closes the gap between the bio-physical sciences and urban planning and illustrates the advantages of accounting for urban metabolism issues in urban design decisions. Urban Metabolism considers a city as a system, and distinguishes between energy and material flows as its components. Based on research from the BRIDGE project, this book deals with the exchanges and transformation of energy, water, carbon and pollutants and introduces a new method for evaluating how planning alternatives can modify the physical flows of urban metabolism components and how environmental and socioeconomic components interact. The inclusion of sustainability principles into urban planning provides an opportunity to place the new knowledge provided by bio-physical sciences at the centre of the planning process, but there is a strong need for closing the gap between knowledge and practice, as well as a better dissemination of research results and exchange of best practice. This book meets that need and provides the reader with the tools they need to integrate an understanding of urban metabolism into urban planning practice"--

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