Framework for Urban Metabolism of Hardscape Including Climate Change Considerations

Urban hardscapes can be defined as the horizontal surfaces in contact with the earth. These include streets, parking areas, sidewalks, driveways, alleys, and paths. Urban metabolism (UM) is a methodology for quantifying consumption and use patterns in urban environments. It has typically been applied as a method of accounting for total energy and materials inputs and outputs into cities. It can be expanded in ways that will allow more comprehensive and integrated assessment for the patterns and processes of urban systems. Urban metabolism (UM) enables us to account for the energy and material flows within the urban areas helping researchers study the interactions of nature and human systems, and the environmental quality of a selected city. The purpose of this seed grant is to consult the literature and experts within the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) association of campuses, as well as selected experts in the area of UM and to construct a conceptual framework for the UM of urban hardscapes, focused initially on material and water flows and urban heat island development. The framework will consider expected effects of climate change on heat and storm events. The framework will provide a basis for consideration of alternative pavement materials and structures.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $24339
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC29

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Harvey, John

  • Start Date: 20160701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01610326
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC29
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2016 5:36PM