Special Issue "The Applications of 3D-City Models in Urban Studies"

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Volker Coors
Guest Editor
Institute of Applied Research, HFT Stuttgart, Faculty of Surveying, Computer Science and Mathematics, Schellingstr. 24, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
Interests: 3D city models; 3D geospatial data infrastructure; smart cities; urban informatics; urban simulation; 3D geovisualization; Web3D; visual analytics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cities are facing a digital transformation. This transformation pro­cess becomes visible through the concept of “smart cities”. Smart cities use information and communication technolo­gies for a sustainable, social, and ecological design of public space. Urban data have become a resource of high interest for a multitude of applications. Examples therefore are urban mobility, environmental and climate protection, waste man­agement, sustainable use of energy, and the provision of city administration services. Smart services, smart data, and 3D city modeling are terms that stand for the future tasks of a dig­ital economy and society.  

The data made available in Smart Cities lead to new ways in urban data analytics and urban studies. This Special Issue aims at collecting examples of original research in urban studies using 3D city and landscape models. In many cases, the 3D city model is following the OGC standard CityGML, but research using other data models such as CityJSON, OSM, etc. is appreciated as well. The focus will be the additional value of 3D and sensor data that enable data-driven methodologies to find new solutions to urban issues such as transportation, energy demand, urban climate, air quality, flooding, safety, citizens perception/emotional maps, and the social city. Submissions which cover but are not limited to these topics are highly welcome.

Prof. Dr. Volker Coors
Guest Editor

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  • 3D city models/CityGML in urban studies
    • Traffic and micromobility simulation
    • Urban energy simulation
    • Air quality monitoring in urban areas
    • Urban climate simulation
    • Noise pollution
    • Flooding in urban areas
    • Safety
    • The emotional city
    • The social city
  • Urban informatics
  • Sensor data integration
  • Systems for public participation
  • Urban dashboard design and implementation
  • Geovisualization devoted to urban problems

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Evaluating the Influence of Urban Morphology on Urban Wind Environment Based on Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(6), 399; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9060399 - 17 Jun 2020
Due to urbanization around the world, people living in urban areas have been suffering from a series of negative effects caused by changes in urban microclimate, especially when it comes to urban heat islands (UHIs). To mitigate UHIs, management of urban wind environments [...] Read more.
Due to urbanization around the world, people living in urban areas have been suffering from a series of negative effects caused by changes in urban microclimate, especially when it comes to urban heat islands (UHIs). To mitigate UHIs, management of urban wind environments is increasingly considered as a crucial part of the process. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of wind fields has become a prevailing method to explore the relationship between morphological factors and wind environment. However, most studies are focused on building scale and fail to reflect the effects of comprehensive planning. In addition, the combined influence of different morphological factors on wind environment is rarely discussed. Therefore, this study tries to explore the relationship between urban morphology and wind environment in a new-town area. CFD method was applied to simulate the wind field, and 11 scenarios based on criteria according to existing literature, planning regulations and local characteristics were developed. The simulation results from different scenarios show that the impact of the five selected factors on wind speeds was non-linear, and the impact varied significantly among different areas of the study region. Simulation of the differences in regional wind speeds among different planning scenarios can provide strong decision-making support. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Applications of 3D-City Models in Urban Studies)
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