Selected Research Projects:
Research Project: CRUNCH (Climate-Resilient-Urban-Nexus-Choices). CRUNCH is a multi-disciplinary project with an international consortium of project partners and cities addressing all three sectors of food, water, and energy through the integrative Food-Water-Energy-Nexus approach. It aims to support local decision-makers, practitioners, and civil society organizations by translating the key findings of an in-depth review of literature, knowledge, and research evidence on the FWE-Nexus into the design of Urban Living Labs (ULL). The Miami proposal aims to create a carbon-neutral, data-driven planning and 80 years scenario tool for integrated decision making using the Urban Living Lab (ULL) approach. Identifying a data and mapping baseline for the city’s needs, developing the tool and framework, testing and analyzing the data-driven models using different carbon-neutral and resilient scenarios from now to 2100. PI: Prof. Thomas Spiegelhalter with research partners at other ULL’s at Keio University, Tokyo (Prof. Wanglin), University of Portsmouth, (UK-project coordinator), City of Portsmouth, Culinova/Expert or Micro Technologies, Ltd. (UK), Aecom Ltd (UK), Knowhow Information Ltd. (UK), Sustainable Food Cities.org (UK), City of Glasgow (UK); Technische Universitaet Eindhoven and City of Eindhoven (NL); Gdansk University of Technology, and City of Gdansk, Poland; City of Gdansk, Uppsala University Sweden, City of Uppsala, Sweden; 100 Resilient Cities New York City (USA): National Taiwan University, and Chinese Taipei City. Sponsors: EU Belmont, EU Commission, Belmont Forum, Intelligent Europe, Sustainable Urbanization Global Initiative (SUGI). Grant: $1,9 Mio ($484,000 for FIU CARTA), Completed in Nov. 2022.
FIU Miami research platform:
IDSS Carbon-Neutral City Scenarios for South Miami and Miami Beach: