EGU24-20648, updated on 11 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Current status of the Urban Geo-climate Footprint project

Azzurra Lentini1,2, Jorge Pedro Galve1, Moreno Beatriz Benjumea8, Stephanie Bricker4,8, Xavier Devleeschouwer5,8, Paolo Maria Guarino6,8, Timothy Kearsey4,8, Gabriele Leoni6,8, Romeo Saverio6,8, Guri Venvik7,8, and Francesco La Vigna6,8
Azzurra Lentini et al.
  • 1UGR Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain (
  • 2European Commission - DG Joint Research Centre
  • 4British Geological Survey (UK)
  • 5Geological Survey of Belgium (GSB), Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences
  • 6Geological Survey of Italy - ISPRA
  • 7Geological Survey of Norway
  • 8Urban Geology Expert Group of EuroGeoSurveys - The Geological Surveys of Europe

The Urban Geo-climate Footprint (UGF) project has been developed in the context of the Urban Geology Expert Group of Euro Geo Surveys, aimed to define a new methodology to classify and cluster cities by geological and climatic point of view.

The basic assumption of the UGF approach is that cities with similar geological-geographical settings should have similar challenges to manage, due to both common geological issues and climate change subsoil-related effects. Following this approach, a holistic tool consisting in a complex spreadsheet has been developed and applied to more than 40 European cities, in collaboration with several Geological Surveys of Europe.

It is demonstrated as the Urban Geo-climate Footprint tool is currently capable of providing a semi-quantitative quick representation of the pressures driven by geological and climatic complexity in the analysed cities, providing for the first time such classification for the urban environment.

Through the wide application of this methodology several benefits could be reached as the general awareness increase of non-experts and the enhanced reading-the-landscape capacity of decision makers about the link between geological setting and the increase in pressures due to climate change and anthropogenic activity.

Furthermore, the UGF approach would facilitate the possibility to exchange best practices among similar cities for planning purposes, and it would support the decision processes to define and differentiate policies and actions, also supporting policy and cooperative geoscience and climate justice.


How to cite: Lentini, A., Galve, J. P., Benjumea, M. B., Bricker, S., Devleeschouwer, X., Guarino, P. M., Kearsey, T., Leoni, G., Saverio, R., Venvik, G., and La Vigna, F.: Current status of the Urban Geo-climate Footprint project, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-20648,, 2024.

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