UMEP Manual

Documentation Status

The Urban Multi-scale Environmental Predictor (UMEP) is a climate service tool, designed for researchers and service providers (e.g. architects, climatologists, energy, health and urban planners). This tool can be used for a variety of applications related to outdoor thermal comfort, urban energy consumption, climate change mitigation etc. UMEP consists of a coupled modelling system which combines “state of the art” 1D and 2D models related to the processes essential for scale independent urban climate estimations.

Source area modelling with UMEP

Fig. 1 Source area modelling with UMEP

UMEP is a open source model, where users can contribute as well as extend the tool to improve modelling capabilities. It is freely available for download. A major feature is the ability for a user to interact with spatial information to determine model parameters. The spatial data across a range of scales and sources are accessed through QGIS - a cross-platform, free, open source desktop geographic information systems (GIS) application – that provides data viewing, editing, and analysis capabilities.

To downloading instructions and initial settings: Getting Started


The porting of UMEP into QGIS3 is almost ready (beta version) but require more testing. In the meantime, UMEP is still availabe for QGIS (2.18.x).

We are keen to get inputs and contributions from others. Plesae contribute in the following ways:

  1. Submit comments or report issues about the UMEP plugin to the code repository.
  2. Participate in coding or adding new features.
  3. Contribute by writing tutorials and guidelines for other users to give examples of the many application possibilities of UMEP.
  4. Submit comments or report issues about the UMEP manual here.