cool-INN – cool and urban habitats for a resilient community
Innsbruck is a city in the middle of the Alps. Due to its special geographic location, Innsbruck has high-densely build areas in the inner city. Beside the rivers Inn and Sill the city has little blue and green infrastructure to counteract increasing heat days and tropical nights due to the effects of climate change. The city of Innsbruck and Innsbruck Kommunalbetriebe AG are therefore very interested in testing the possibilities of installing blue infrastructure to improve the microclimate of urban hotspots. As part of cool-INN, the most suitable location for the implementation of an experimental space is to be selected from three possible areas. With the help of scientific conceptual work and simulation of scenarios, an ideal measure will be designed, with an optimal cooling effect, but also with multifunctional possibilities. The aim is to combine state-of-the-art technology with the expertise of all necessary stakeholders and citizens' needs in order to achieve a proven cooling effect for Innsbruck. In addition, the measures will be designed and implemented in such a way that a positive socio-economic effect is achieved. After installation of the testbed, the effects will be evaluated using qualitative and quantitative factors. The collection of physical parameters such as temperature, humidity or data on weather extremes but also subjective feelings of passers-by and residents before and after implementation allow a scientific evaluation of the effects. Special emphasis is placed on the stakeholder process, which on the one hand concerns the political and municipal level of city leadership, and on the other hand allows a lot of space for citizen participation. The project therefore fits exactly to the requirements of the fields of action “Urban Ecology & Climate Change Adaptation” and “Communication & Networking”.
Last edited on 03/31/2020