Data and Tools

WUDAPT information is organized by level of detail (L), and data at each level are gathered using distinct methodologies and techniques (Ching et al., 2018).

  • the lowest level of detail (L0) maps cities and their surrounding natural landscape into local climate zone (LCZ) types
  • L1 data use the LCZ maps to provide a sampling context for acquiring and managing information at finer scales.
  • L2 data are complete information on all urban elements (e.g., building footprints, envelope fabrics, and heights) that may exist for some urban areas, albeit coverage is limited to a few cities

For more details, see the following papers:

Ching J, Mills G, Bechtel B, et al. WUDAPT: An Urban Weather, Climate, and Environmental Modeling Infrastructure for the Anthropocene. Bull Am Meteorol Soc. 2018;99(9):1907-1924. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0236.1

Ching J, Aliaga D, Mills G, et al. Pathway using WUDAPT’s Digital Synthetic City tool towards generating urban canopy parameters for multi-scale urban atmospheric modeling. Urban Clim. 2019;28:100459. doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2019.100459