An Integrated Framework for Incorporating Climate Risk into Urban Land-Use Change Modeling

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Cities are complex socio-technical systems (STSs) under tremendous stress due to climate change. To incorporate resilience into urban plans and move towards evidence-based long-term decision-making, we must unravel complex land-use dynamics and the effect of climate uncertainties on cities. Currently, land-use dynamics are explored through Cellular Automata models to investigate the impacts of urban planning scenarios. What is, however, missing to support resilience decisions, is a systematic analysis of long-term climate uncertainties on land-use change. This study addresses this gap by analysing the effects of flood uncertainties on land-use patterns. While conventionally, urban planning decisions for climate uncertainty are based on a few scenarios, we use exploratory modeling to sample and combine uncertain climate variables to scenarios and understand the implications of the climate scenarios on land use via computational experiments. Specifically, we integrate flood probability maps into land-use maps to assess land suitability. Agglomerative clustering allows us to analyze the resulting land-use maps based on their similarity. Finally, we select representative maps from each cluster and compare them with the baseline map. We apply our integrated modeling approach in the Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam (MRA). Our results show spatially explicit alternatives for high-density residential development that is climate-resilient. The proposed framework can be applied to other cities to investigate the long-term impacts of climate uncertainties and adopt resilience-informed decision-making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32ND EUROPEAN SAFETY AND RELIABILITY CONFERENCE (ESREL 2022)
EditorsMaria Chiara Leva, Edoardo Patelli, Luca Podofillini, Simon Wilson
ISBN (Electronic)13: 978-981-18-5183-4
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event32nd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2022) - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 28 Aug 20221 Sep 2022
Conference number: 32

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 32nd European Safety and Reliability Conference


Conference32nd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2022)
Abbreviated titleESREL 2022
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  • Simulation modeling
  • Decision support
  • Uncertainty
  • Urban resilience
  • Land-use modeling
  • Cellular automata
  • Exploratory modeling

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