Oscar Brousse – Crowdsourcing, community-efforts, and urban climate studies

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Abstract: Over the past decades, major discoveries have been made in the field of urban climatology thanks to urban climate models and field surveys. But one recurrent impediment to the application of the science in various cities has been and remains data accessibility, continuum, and density. Recently, a new focus has been put on crowdsourcing data provided by global experts or by citizens of the studied cities. This new paradigm permitted the rapid acquisition of useful data for urban climate modelling as well as for urban climate observational studies. Among others, important examples of these recent developments are the community-based Local Climate Zones mapping led by the World Urban Database and Access Portal Tool (WUDAPT) and the crowdsourcing of weather data via Netatmo personal weather stations. In this talk, the potential of these two illustrative advancements is presented and future pathways for coping with their limitations are also highlighted.

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