Climate change largely impacts urban life. Rising temperatures rises sea levels and increases extreme weather events as floods, droughts and storms, with costly impacts on cities' basic services, infrastructure, housing, human livelihoods and health. Cities cause 75% of global CO2 emissions, and so its stakeholders must come forward with out of the box solutions to promote innovation, protect welfare and stimulate urban resilience by limiting negative impacts of climate change. But for a problem to be addressed, it must first be seen and felt. Visualization is a potential way of increasing engagement with climate change and IT developments, such as Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality, provide significant advancements that can be transformative in engaging audiences with climate change issues. This is at the basis of AugmentCity plataform developed by OSC as a ground-breaking way to operate digital twins of cities, enabling data and “what-if” scenarios to be analysed, compared, and visualised in an interactive and immersive visualisation tool to be used by policy-makers, researchers, startups and citizens alike. Our proposal will build on AugmentCity and apply it in terms of demonstration and mobilization of stakeholders in the urban areas of Møre og Romsdal (NO), Kolobrzeg (PL) and Bordeaux/Talence (FR), contributing to mobilize citizens and other stakeholders in these and other EU regions to the challenge of urban infrastructure adaptation to climate change.
Project leader: Pierre Yann Major
Institution: AUGMENTCITY AS