In the mid-20th century, it was only one in every three people who lived in a city. According to predictions (United Nations 2018), more than two-thirds of the total population will inhabit our cities by 2050. Urbanisation comes at a price: the more people inhabit cities, the more housing is needed. Construction, motor vehicles and heat; all this has a negative impact on the climate in our city.
The Climate Model Berlin provides relevant information and analyses for an informed planning process. Climate parameters, including near-ground wind fields and radiation temperatures were investigated for the entire city area plus an additional section of the surrounding area using a high-resolution grid of 10 × 10 metres. This snapshot of the urban climate is not only current but also extremely accurate; a perfect aid for planning projects right up to the level of binding urban land use planning.
Beyond the essential climatic variables, such as air and radiation temperatures, wind fields and near-ground air flow, the parameters presented here also include the thermal evaluation index PET and other characteristics, such as the number of hot days or tropical nights. The data is available at grid level or at block and block segment level for some 25,000 areas. Based on a climate analysis map, which consolidates the results, individual city areas can be distinguished according to their different climatic functions, i.e. their effect on other areas.