Student use case: Heat issues in Groningen

Not everyone is aware of the implications of heat stress. This is why Kees van der Molen wanted to familiarise people in the Groningen city areas with this phenomenon.  

By: Kees van der Molen

College: Hanzehogeschool Groningen

ordered by: Sweco

“For my final dissertation in Civil Engineering at the Hanzehogeschool Groningen, I did research on the effect of heat-limiting measures in the public space. I investigated the heat issues in the city districts of Indische Buurt and De Hoogte in Groningen.

Heat limiting measures

During talks with citizens, policy officers and aid organizations involved in the districts, it soon appeared that not everyone is yet aware of the consequences of heat stress. And so I thought it would be useful to map out the heat stress in addition to a theoretical description. When you discuss heat stress without making people understand what it’s about, you’ll have an arduous job explaining it to people who are not familiar with it. With that in mind, I started to search for software that can visualize heat stress.

I soon arrived at the Tygron Engine. I contacted Hansje Hooghiemstra and presented my research to her. On 4th April I was invited to Tygron Engine’s office where I was given a demonstration. After the demonstration I was able to use the programme by myself and started to compute the heat-limiting measures.

Climate impact

As the Tygron Engine creates a rendition with a large diversity of maps, the research area is clearly outlined. Since the interface is dead-easy to use, anybody can soon start using it. It was easy to put the measures from my design into the model and the effects were immediately visible. In short, this is a smart and simple to use programme to demonstrate the climate impact in a project area.