How to Visualize the Invisible Simulating Air Pollution Dispersions in a 3D City Model
Paper in proceeding, 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.


air pollution visualization

3D-city model


visual representation

air pollution


Beata Stahre Wästberg

University of Gothenburg

Mistra Urban Futures

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction design

Jonas Tornberg

Chalmers, Architecture, Urban Design and Planning

University of Gothenburg

Mistra Urban Futures

Monica Billger

Mistra Urban Futures

Chalmers, Architecture, Architectural theory and methods

University of Gothenburg

Marie Haeger-Eugensson

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Karin Sjöberg

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Proceedings of CUPUM 2013: 13th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management - Planning Support Systems for Sustainable Urban Development

Vol. 2013 1-4

13th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUMPUM 2013
Utrecht, Netherlands,

How to visualize the invisible - Visualization of environmental factors in 3D city models

Mistra Urban Futures, 2013-01-01 -- 2013-12-31.

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Information and Communication Technology

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

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Civil Engineering

Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology

Learning and teaching

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