How to Visualize the Invisible Simulating Air Pollution Dispersions in a 3D City Model
Conference poster, 2013

This is a work in progress on how to visualize air pollution dispersion in 3D from a street perspective. Invisible environmental factors, such as air pollution, are hard to present in a comprehensible way, and thus difficult to grasp. Consequently these questions often get low priority in urban planning processes. In order to create a better understanding for e.g. air pollution at street level, a visual concept for 3D-city models needs to be developed, where a walk through perspective at street level with pollution levels is included. An urban area in central Gothenburg (Fig 1A,B) is studied regarding the quality of air following changes in the built environment. The project explores different ways to represent environmental factors in 3D-city models. Spreading calculations for particles are carried out, based on the plan for new buildings in the area. For comparison, a scenario of the current situation are produced, based on existing calculations for emissions from traffic and harbour activities. Finally, the air pollution visualization will be integrated in the 3D city model of Gothenburg.

3D-city model


visual representation

air pollution visualization

air pollution



Beata Stahre Wästberg

Mistra Urban Futures

University of Gothenburg

Chalmers, Architecture

Jonas Tornberg

Mistra Urban Futures

University of Gothenburg

Chalmers, Architecture

Monica Billger

Chalmers, Architecture

University of Gothenburg

Mistra Urban Futures

Marie Haeger-Eugensson

Karin Sjöberg

13th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUMPUM 2013; Utrecht; Netherlands; 2 July 2013 through 5 July 2013

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Subject Categories

Civil Engineering

Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology

Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work

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