Research Project


With the development of an area typology, Amsterwarm offers insight into the urban heat island effect in the city of Amsterdam.

The typology makes clear to what extent the city of Amsterdam itself contributes to the urban heat island effect, to what extent neighborhoods and homes expose their residents to the heat island effect, and to what extent the residents of the city are vulnerable to its consequences. The typology is based on the use of space, physical characteristics of Amsterdam, on the quality of life and housing quality, and on the composition of the population in the different parts of the city. The typology provides concrete guidelines for the type of action that the city of Amsterdam can take with a view to the well-being and comfort of its population, and with a view to limiting energy consumption to cool buildings during hot weather. The area typology makes it possible to make statements about specific measures/priorities for different parts of the city of Amsterdam. Amsterwarm also explores how strong the heat island of Amsterdam is.


Partners: Gemeente Amsterdam, Dienst Ruimtelijke Ordening, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft

Duration of the project: 12 months (2013)

Project Leader: Ellen Monchen

Researchers: Frank van der Hoeven, Alexander Wandl

GIS Expert: Sahar Tushuizen