The main objective of URBAG is to evaluate which combinations of urban/peri-urban agriculture and green spaces result in the best performance in terms of these local and global environmental impacts. To do so, the following research questions and objectives are defined:
|Partial Research Question
|RQ1. What is the potential of urban food production in terms of the resources available in cities?
|RO1. To assess the potential of optimizing urban/peri urban agri-culture and vegetation in terms of nutrient, water, and energy, con-sidering urban morphology and weather as well as life cycle impacts.
|RQ2. What combinations of green infrastructures result in best performance in terms of air quality, temperature, and the carbon footprint of the city?
|RO2. To analyze the direct and indirect effects of vegetation and urban agriculture on the urban and regional atmosphere.
|RQ3. How can the growth in urban food production and green spaces be managed to enhance urban sustainability and avoid unintended consequences?
|RO3. To provide urban planners and policy makers with the guidance and tools to create green infrastructure strategies to help meet sustainability targets, avoid unintended environmental conse-quences, and promote wider and diffused social benefits.