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UMEP Manual

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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) presented as a plugin for QGIS. 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 open source, where users can contribute as well as extend the tool to improve modelling capabilities. 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 application – that provides data viewing, editing, and analysis capabilities.


We are keen to get input and contributions from others. You can 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. Write UMEP tutorials and share with other UMEP users.
  4. Submit comments or report issues about the UMEP manual here.
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