SustainaBle uRban plannIng Decision support accountinG for urban mEtabolism,

Project Details

Description (abstract)

By 2020, approximately 80 % of Europeans will be living in urban areas. As a result, the demand for land in and around cities is becoming acute with conflicting changes in land use which are shaping landscapes and affecting the environment in and around cities. The growth of cities in Europe has historically been driven by increasing urban populations, while today a variety of other factors are driving urban sprawl. In BRIDGE, funded by the 7th EU framework programme, the concept of “urban metabolism'' is considered as the exchange and transformation of energy and matter between a city and its environment. The city is considered as a system and the physical flows (energy, water and waste) between this system and its environment are quantitatively estimated. BRIDGE aims at optimizing the use of these resources for sustainable urban planning.
Five European cities (Helsinki, Athens, London, Firenze and Gliwice) with differing geographic distribution and city typologies, were chosen as application areas (case studies). Our research group is responsible for estimating the hydrological flows in Helsinki, wherein urban run-off water monitoring forms the core of our research. This research programme has much in common with our other urban study programmes such as STORMWATER and VACCIA.
Effective start/end date01/12/200830/11/2011


  • Unknown funder: €4,040.00

Fields of Science

  • 117 Geography, Environmental sciences
  • urban metabolism, hydrological cycle