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Analysis of spatial dimensions and explicit multifractal modelling for the deployment of green areas in an urban agglomeration.

Leydy Alejandra Castellanos Diaz1, Olivier Bonin2, Pierre Antoine Versini1, and Ioulia Tchiguirinskaia1
Leydy Alejandra Castellanos Diaz et al.
  • 1HM&Co, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Champs-sur-Marne, France (
  • 2LVMT, Université Gustave Eiffel- Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Champs-sur-Marne, France (

The need to adapt and increase the resilience of urban areas regarding the issues induced by urbanization and climate change effects (e.g. floods, Urban Heat Island, pandemics, etc.), has led to propose several strategies as the Natural-Based Solutions (NBS), which are focus on restoring natural processes such as infiltration and evapotranspiration (ET) in urban areas. In consequence, the increasing interest on NBS installation (highly supported by the H2020 program of the European Commission) by urban planners, decision-makers, researchers and the residing population has conducted to question the most efficient ways of NBS deployment. In this context, the urban dynamics (e.g. population density, land use patterns, transport network, etc.) and the distribution of green areas at different spatial scales play a key role that characterise the urban development in the territory.

Based on the study of an urban agglomeration named Est-Ensemble, located at the east of Paris (France), this research aims to: i) determinate the fractal dimension of the built-up and green areas by using 2 different box-counting methods; ii) set the potential areas to install NBS, through the development of an iterative downscaling scheme over the built-up structure with the software Fractalopolis, and following a polycentric approach inspired on the urban form of Ile de France Region, and iii) assess the population access to the nearest green spaces and deficit of green spaces.

Further, from local scale measurements of ET made close to Est-Ensemble agglomeration, the authors carried out a multifractal analysis of the ET data to better evaluate the observed scaling behaviour. This will be coupled with spatial approach developed above to evaluate the impact of temperature reduction of different land use scenarios. This research is partly supported by the French ANR EVNATURB project.

How to cite: Castellanos Diaz, L. A., Bonin, O., Versini, P. A., and Tchiguirinskaia, I.: Analysis of spatial dimensions and explicit multifractal modelling for the deployment of green areas in an urban agglomeration., EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-10732,, 2021.

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