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ENablig the anaLysIs of Global urban HeaT


The overreaching goal of the project is to develop a consistent and generic methodology that enables globally consistent analysis of urban heat islands worldwide. This is done via satellite earth observation and crowdsourcing. ENLIGHT is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, No. 437467569). 

  •  ENLIGHT addresses both the global urban data gap and its integration into climate management at global, regional and urban scales.
  •  Final products shall be freely available for further research


Global Urban Database
Thermal Database
UHI Assessment
Urban Modelling


The content, scale and extent of the project, in particular the global urban database, is closely linked to the World Urban Database and Access Portal Tool WUDAPT [1]. Its co-design can lead to synergies and increased functionality, resulting in an up-scaling of urban climate solutions.


[1] Ching, J., Mills, G., Bechtel, B. et al. (2018): World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools (WUDAPT), an urban weather, climate and environmental modeling infrastructure for the Anthropocene. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. 99: 1907-1924. DOI: 10.1175/bams-d-16-0236.1