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“Open Access” Climate Resilience Tools for Landscape Architects

The devastating effects of climate change we are witnessing, such as the floods throughout Germany in 2022, are placing more pressure on designers to predict and mitigate such events while designing various sites. Greenskinslab’s researchers at the University of British Columbia, Canada have spent many years developing digital tools to predict, mitigate and provide design suggestions on how to manage increasing human risk to natural hazards, focusing particularly on flooding and more recently landslides. These globally “open access” and user-friendly digital tools support both students and professionals in the early site planning and design phase of projects to calculate the risks of landslides and flooding. This article briefly highlights two “open access” climate resilience tools. These are: 1) a stormwater calculation (LID) application that dimensions the correct LID strategies (living roof, retention pond, swale) needed as a holistic system to manage rainwater on new and existing sites, published in 2021, and 2) a landslide susceptibility toolkit for landscape architects comprised of a GIS-based analysis tutorial and multi-sensorial on-site analysis instructions, developed in 2022 by a multi-disciplinary UBC student team. These tools are based on computer software which is widely accessible and affordable and analog methods of investigation. Greenskinslab’s mandate is to combat climate change by supporting designers’ planning processes with digital and analog tools to assist them to better envision a more climate resilient future.

Autor / Author: Roehr, Daniel
Institution / Institution: University of British Columbia, British Columbia/Canada
Seitenzahl / Pages: 3
Sprache / Language: Englisch
Veröffentlichung / Publication: JoDLA – Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, 8-2023
Tagung / Conference: Digital Landscape Architecture 2023 – Future Resilient Landscapes
Veranstaltungsort, -datum / Venue, Date: Dessau Campus of Anhalt University, Germany 24-05-23 - 27-05-23
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Keywords (en): Digital online tools, climate change, climate resilience, education
Paper review type: Full Paper Review
DOI: doi:10.14627/537740061
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