Here are additional resources on urban systems research.
Urban and Regional Air Quality
ETA researchers model ozone, particulate matter and air toxins at the urban and regional scales using state-of-the-art meteorology and chemical transport models at high resolution. Details at eta.lbl.gov/research-development/area/urban-regional-air-quality
We analyze how the combination of vehicle technology, land-use patterns, and driving behavior affect energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and criteria pollutant emissions in the transportation sector. Details at eta.lbl.gov/research-development/area/transportation.
Scout is a tool for estimating the energy and carbon impacts of various energy conservation measures (ECMs) on the U.S. residential and commercial building sectors. Details at www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/scout.
Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool for Low Carbon Cities (BEST Cities)
BEST-Cities is designed to provide city authorities with strategies they can follow to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions. The tool quickly assesses local energy use and energy-related emissions in nine sectors (i.e., industry, public and commercial buildings, residential buildings, transportation, power and heat, street lighting, water and wastewater, solid waste, and urban green space), giving officials a comprehensive perspective on their local carbon performance. Details at china.lbl.gov/tools/benchmarking-and-energy-saving-tool-low.
Urban Land Use and Microclimate
The Earth Systems and Society Program seeks to understand how humans influence climatic, ecological, and hydrological processes across a range of scales, as well as the risks faced by human systems on a changing planet. More information at eesa.lbl.gov/program-domains/earth-systems-society/