Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre-conference workshops are organized for Sunday, 9th Dec 2018, the day before the Conference. If interested, please register online at the same time you register the conference via the ConfTool registration system. Below is the workshop details:

Location: Yasumoto International Academic Park (YIA), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Minimum participation requirement/workshop: 10 nos.
Fee/workshop: HK$500 (~USD64)
Cancellation and refund: There may be occasions when cancellations are made due to the failure of the workshop to meet a miumum participation requirement, or other unforeseen event. If the organiser cancels the workshop in its entirety, registered participants will receive a 100% refund in Hong Kong Dollars. Bank charges to be borne by the participants.


Workshop 1 - Guidelines for Urban Climatic Maps

Lecturer: Prof. Lutz Katzschner (Meteorologist University Kassel, Germany)
Contributions from: Dr. Farah Kanani (Meteorlogist University Hannover, Germany) & Dip.Ing. Sebastian Kupski (Urban Planner, INKEK)
Time & Date: 2:00 pm - 5:15 pm, 9th Dec 2018, Sunday

Urban climate studies are produced worldwide with different data sets and different methods. Investigations use land use urban structures, meteorological data for their analysis. During the course methods and tools will be discussed how to create an urban climate map and an urban climate recommendation map. Urban structure types, land use data, local climate zones and other are combined with models and measurements. The course is held in knowledge of the problems in urban development. This is concentrated in a higher density but also in a higher areal use of free land. Therefore heat and ventilation has to be covered in an aerial distribution. The effect of their interaction in different climate conditions will be presented.  Based on german guidelines on how to conduct urban climatic maps (VDI 3787 Bl.1) and on climate change and city planning (VDI 3787 Bl.8) working methods and working tools are presented. How to create analysis and recommendation maps in different climates. The course will organize the link between planners, architects and scientist of urban climate.


Prof. Katzschner:

The Urban Climatic Map and Urban Planning (45)
- use of guidelines in different climates: Frankfurt, Belo Horizonte, Hong Kong, Arnhem, Singapore

Dipl. Ing Kupski:    Case studies:  microclimate recommendations for urban planning projects (15)
  Q&A Discussion (30)
  ~ Coffee break ~
Dr. Kanani:    Urban climate modelling for planners (a new open source software) (20)
Prof Katzschner:   Urban climate guidelines and tools as standards (40)
  Q&A and End (30)








Workshop 2 - Green-Blue Urban Infrastructure: A Systematic Approach to Heat Mitigation by Water-Sensitive Urban Design

Lecturers: Prof. Evyatar Erell, Dr. Bin Zhou, Dr. Aviva Peeters (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
Time & Date: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 9th Dec 2018, Sunday

Vegetation may play a central role in adapting the urban environment to two important features of the local climate: Temperature and precipitation. Flooding is experienced regularly in many cities around the world, because storm water infrastructure is inadequate; because of changes in land cover that result in more surface runoff; or because of more intense rain related to climate change. Upgrading drainage is costly and in many cases impractical, but vegetation – in the form of green roofs, swales, or parks can reduce runoff and moderate peak flows. The same vegetation may have an important role in mitigating extreme heat, if appropriately planned and located. However, current landscape and engineering practice is haphazard and poorly integrated. Vegetation is planted without regard to where it may yield the greatest benefit, and often with insufficient regard to available water resources. The workshop will introduce an integrated methodology for analyzing storm water runoff in existing or planned urban areas, modelling microclimatic conditions in the same neighborhoods, identifying the most effective landscaping interventions and assessing their costs and expected benefits.

Schedule (comprise three 50-minute sessions, with two 15-minute breaks):

Session 1:

Storm water - Introduction to urban hydrological modeling

    • Factors affecting storm water runoff
    • Storm water quality
    • Review of software tools – SUSTAIN, MUSIC, SWIMM, EpiFLOW
    • Intervention: Best Management Practices (BMP)
    • Required inputs
    • Outputs – water paths, peak flows, discharge, cost estimates
Session 2: Urban microclimate - Introduction to urban micrometeorological modelling
    • Factors affecting urban air temperature
    • Review of software tools – ENVI-met, TEB, WRF, CAT
    • Intervention: effects of vegetation
    • Required inputs
    • Outputs – air temperature, thermal comfort, TMY for building simulation
Session 3: Implementation and case study
  Case study showing application of the integrated methodology for one urban neighborhood, using SUSTAIN as the hydrological modelling tool and CAT as the microclimate tool.









Workshop 3 - WUDAPT Level 1&2

Part 1:  W12 Overview and Specific details on W12 Methodology
Part 2:  WUDAPT based WRF & ENVI-met model applications

Lecturers: Prof. Gerald Mills (University College Dublin, Ireland), Prof. Dan Aliaga (Purdue University, USA), Dr. Jason Ching (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA), Dr. Valery Masson (Meteo France), Prof. Jimmy Fung (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong), Prof. Denise Duarte (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Prof. Evyatar Erell (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel), Prof. Ren Chao (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Time & Date: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 9th Dec 2018, Sunday

This first PLEA-WUDAPT workshop will focus on specific collaborative activities initiated at PLEA 2017 Edinburgh.   In this one day workshop, we introduce and review (1) the methodology of WUDAPT’s form and function urban morphological data generation developments based on WUDAPT’s innovative portal-based Digital Synthetic City (DSC) tool that mimic 3-D Google type satellite imagery in digital format, and (2) WRF and ENVI-met model enabling application capabilities using WUDAPT.   Activity (1) assures the generation of spatially representative UCPs for each LCZ throughout the urban area and alternatively, a means to produce spatial fields of gridded UCPs, both achieved with practical procedures that yield city specific UCPs by appropriate customizations of the DSC.  This is achieved based upon recognition and adoption of varying building and architecture typologies that reflect the unique characteristics of each urban area’s varying local climate zones and also assurances of accuracy achieved with universal consistency. PLEA expertise and collaborations in TESTBED activities further assures the generation of form and function modeling parameters are regionally customized. The W12 scope and bases complements WUDAPT Level 0 encompassing cities worldwide with a common platform and protocol (   Efforts to integrate the WUDAPT to WRF and the ENVI-met tool, the latter widely used by architectural communities are also discussed.  Further, W12 will facilitate improvements to WRF simulations providing unique spatial fields of UCP and the bases for improving the specific range of urban canopy values for each urban area thus updating WUDAPT Level “0” LCZ Urban Canopy tables. 


Prof. Gerald Mills:

WUDAPT Introduction & overview

Dr. Valery Masson: Methodology and data collection on architectural archetypes, building and typological information
Prof.  Dan Aliaga: Digital Synthetic City (CDSC) Tool
Dr. Jason Ching: Customizing DSC, Testbeds
Prof. Jimmy Fung: CDSC Hong Kong W12 TESTBED and WRF
Prof. Denise Duarte and Prof. Evyatar Erell:   WUDAPT-PLEA Collaborations, using ENVI-met
Prof. Ren Chao: Pilot applications