The Urban Multi-scale Environmental Predictor (UMEP) is a climate service tool, designed for researchers and service providers (e.g. architects, climatologists, energy, health and urban planners). This tool can be used for a variety of applications related to outdoor thermal comfort, urban energy consumption, climate change mitigation etc. UMEP consists of a coupled modelling system which combines “state of the art” 1D and 2D models related to the processes essential for scale independent urban climate estimations.
UMEP is a , open source model, where users can contribute as well as extend the tool to improve modelling capabilities. It is freely available for download. A major feature is the ability for a user to interact with spatial information to determine model parameters. The spatial data across a range of scales and sources are accessed through QGIS - a cross-platform, free, open source desktop geographic information systems (GIS) application – that provides data viewing, editing, and analysis capabilities.
This software is in continuous development. There are two types of releases:
- Long term release - this may be obtained from QGIS plugin manager.
- Current development version - this can be obtained from the plugin repository. This version you need to manually install yourself (see details).
To downloading instructions and initial settings:
UMEP is an an open source tool. We are keen to get inputs and contributions from others. There are two main ways to contribute:
It is also possible to contribute by writing tutorials and guidelines for other users to give examples of the many application possibilities of UMEP.