INKAS – A guidance tool for heat resilient urban planning:
Due to high building and population density, as well as complex infrastructures and supply systems, urban areas are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather
events. The climate change induced increase in the frequency, duration and intensity of heat waves is expected to continue beyond the end of this century and is raising the threat of heat stress of city dwellers.
Therefore, today´s urban planning has to consider the impact of climate change expected in upcoming decades. To do this, urban planners, practitioners and decision-makers require knowledge about the effectivity of city-scale climate adaptation measures to prioritize their options.
For this purpose the German Meteorological Service (DWD) developed the INKAS (Information Portal for Climate Adaptation in Cities) guidance tool to assess and compare the quantitative effect of different adaptation measures for heat load mitigation in various urban settlement types and for varying degrees of implementation. INKAS is freely accessible on the DWD website at www.dwd.de/inkas.