Smart Urban Adapt

A cloud-based, user friendly hub that integrates all city planning applications and services

Smart Urban Adapt’s revolutionary tool integrates available data and models with visualisation tools and an interactive front end to provide city planners and public authorities with the user-friendly software they need. 

City planners worldwide are struggling to solve the immense challenges arising from both rapid growth and climate change in our cities. These challenges are manifested in an increasing demand for traffic and public transport infrastructure, energy, water facilities, air quality and urban heat island issues affecting human health, to name a few. Alongside these concerns there is a simultaneous need to minimise GHG emissions, and adapt against the impacts of climate change. Currently avenues for integrating solutions to all of these complex planning problems remain limited, and whilst growing metropolitan areas in Europe such as Zurich or London are evolving more slowly than their Asian or South American counterparts, they nevertheless face increasing pressures. 


Smart Urban Adapt (SUA)
Project Type

Innovation – Develops and brings to market climate-relevant knowledge products and services

Lead Partner
Project Partners

ETH Zurich
Imperial College London
ESRI R&D Center Zurich AG
IBM Research GmbH
SmarterBetterCities AG

Project Manager
Project Location

Pan-European, co-ordinated from Switzerland

Project Start Date
April 2012

Sustainable cities