Development of a Healthy Urban Route Planner for cyclists and pedestrians in Amsterdam

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingAbstract

Abstract

Cities are hotspots of air pollution and heat stress, resulting in nuisance, health risks, medication costs, reduced labour productivity and sick leave for citizens. Yet the air pollution and heat stress are spatially and temporally unevenly distributed over the city, depending on pollutant emissions, street design and atmospheric turbulent mixing and radiation. If accurately forecasted, this spatiotemporal variation offers pedestrians and bikers alternative routes to minimize their exposure. We develop a route planner for bicyclists and pedestrians for Amsterdam (NL), that proposes routes based on model simulations of weather and air quality. We use the WRF-Chem atmosphere and air quality model at unprecedented grid spacing of 100-m (Ronda et al, 2015), with an underlying urban canopy model and NOx and PM10 emissions. The traffic emissions are based on observed traffic intensities and emission factors. WRF-Chem runs will be issued daily for a lead time of 48 hours, resulting in forecast maps of temperature and pollutant concentrations that will be uniquely expressed in a metric that combines both threats. The route planner that we build, using the open source routing library pgRouting and the OpenStreetMap network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocietal Geo-innovation. Selected Papers of the 20th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science
EditorsArnold Bregt, Tapani Sarjakoski, Ron van Lammeren, Frans Rip
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event20th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, 2017 - Wageningen, Netherlands
Duration: 9 May 201712 May 2017

Conference

Conference20th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, 2017
CountryNetherlands
CityWageningen
Period9/05/1712/05/17

    Fingerprint

Cite this

Steeneveld, G. J., Vreugdenhil, L. C., van der Molen, M. K., & Ligtenberg, A. (2017). Development of a Healthy Urban Route Planner for cyclists and pedestrians in Amsterdam. In A. Bregt, T. Sarjakoski, R. van Lammeren, & F. Rip (Eds.), Societal Geo-innovation. Selected Papers of the 20th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science Cham: Springer.