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Modelling and Data Analysis for Urban Climates

November 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location:5345 Herzberg Laboratories


How big should a park be to influence climate and health?  Designers ask great
questions and to answer them we rely on every tool in the shed.  Data comes
anywhere from weather station records to satellite observations to data from
global climate models.  This has to be distilled and transfered to a specific
building, neighbourhood, or region using downscaling techniques, e.g.
computational fluid dynamics.  Finally convert all of this data into useful
metrics understandable to the designer.  Add in a good dose of skepticism.

Here I will take a look at some of the techniques that we’ve employed and
challenges that we’ve faced over the year on several real world projects and
end with a brief look to the future and a plea for help.

About the speaker

Dr. Michael Roth founded Klimaat with business partner Meiring Beyers in 2010 to help architects, urban planners, and engineers design for climate.  Trained in engineering (University of Waterloo) and climate modelling (University of Victoria of Victoria), Michael has 20 years of consulting experience, working on projects around the world.  Once a year, Michael manages to escape down to Barbados to teach at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the University of the West Indies.

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