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Climate, Landscape and Build-up Areas, Technical Assessments 7.5 credits

Klimat, landskap och bebyggelse, tekniska bedömningar
Second cycle, F7019B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

BSc in Architecture, Town Planning, Urban Design or at least 180 ECTS from a built environment programme. Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English B/6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The aim of the course is for the student to gain knowledge about local climate and how to carry out technical assessments of local climate in urban planning. After completing the course, the student should have

Knowledge about:
• Impact of landscape, built environment and buildings on the local climate.
• The impact of human activities on local climatic conditions.
• Local climatic aspects such as topography, solar radiation, cold air steams, local winds, shading, reflection, drainage, infiltration, etc.

Understanding of:
• How local climate adaptation of built up areas and buildings can be analyzed and carried out

Skill and ability to:
• Analyse, evaluate and interpret basic knowledge of the impact of the landscape, built environment and buildings on the local climate
• Apply technical assessments of local climate in the design of landscapes, urban areas, and buildings, as well as the location of built-up areas and buildings 

• Local climate conditions as topography, solar radiation, precipitation, cold air steams, local winds, shade, reflection, drainage, infiltration, etc.
• Possibilities to improve local climate conditions in the landscape, the built environment and buildings
• Possibilities of adaption and resilience based on changes of aspects in local climate and climate changes in the landscape, built environment and buildings 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Lectures, Exercises, Assignment

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Knowledge about the course and basic understanding will be examined by take-home exam (Module 0001) and literature seminar (Module 0002) while the skills and ability acquired by students will be examined by the assignment report (Module 0003).

• Module 0001: Take-home exam
o Lecture quizzes: Questions based on the content of each lecture.

Module 0002: Literature seminar
o Class presentation: Selected topic on the relationship between climate and built-up areas

Module 0003: Assignment report
o Project work: Measure of local climate with different methods. Analysis and suggestions for measures to improve the local climate presented in various methods and scales.  

Kevin Lau

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2022 Sp 1
• Oke TR, Mills G, Christen A, Voogt JA, 2017. Urban Climates. Cambridge University Press, UK.

• Eliasson I, 2000. The use of climate knowledge in urban planning. Landscape and Urban Planning. 48: 31-44.

• Roaf S, Crichton D, Nicol F, 2005. Adapting Building and Cities for Climate Change: A 21st Century Survival Guide. Routledge, UK.

• UCCRN, 2018. Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.2). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. Available online:'s%20Second%20Assessment,Climate%20Change%20in%20Cities%20(ARC3.&text=2%20is%20to%20inform%20the,%2C%20emerging%2C%20and%20developed%20countries.

• Erell E, Pearlmutter D, Williamson T, 2010. Urban Microclimate: Designing the Spaces Between Buildings. Taylor & Francis, UK.

• Carmona M, 2021. Public places urban spaces: the dimensions of urban design (3rd edition). Routledge, New York.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Take-home examinationG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA22
0004Literature SeminarG U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA22
0005Assignment reportG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA22

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 13 Oct 2020

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 11 Feb 2022