WUDAPT is an international collaborative project for the acquisition, storage and dissemination of climate relevant data on the physical geographies of cities worldwide. The project takes a hierarchal approach to data gathering. At the coarsest level (level 0), cities are categorised into Local Climate Zones (LCZ), which describe urban landscapes at the local scale (>1km2) based on a physically-based system that can be applied universally. Each LCZ type is associated with a series of descriptors (e.g. impervious surface cover, roof area, vegetative cover, typical building height and sky view factor), that link the LCZ type with local climate impacts. These descriptors have a range of values that represents the internal variation within a given LCZ type. The WUDAPT level 0 product consists of a map of LCZs (see Figure 1 for Sao Paolo) that has been created using available Landsat 8 data, guidance by local experts that know the city and freely available geographic software. Each city product is accompanied by metadata that describes the origin of the imagery, the contribution of experts and a measure of robustness so that the user can evaluate its quality. These maps provide a sampling frame for more detailed data gathering that will gather information on other descriptors (such as building types or energy systems) and assign more precise values to existing descriptors. The data is stored on a geographically organized database and is accessed via a portal, which provides tools to extract data in different formats.
To this point in its development WUDAPT level 0 data has been gathered for more than 100 cities across all continents providing a valuable set of data for climate projects. In this paper we will report on the status of the database (that is its city content) and available portal tools.