Featured Studies

Centre of Urban Sustainability


1. Data Platform of Urban Environmental Quality for Sustainable and Resilient Cities 

Climate change causes a wide range of environmental impacts which affects the living quality of humans. In urban areas, vast urbanization exacerbates such impacts and leads to increasing vulnerability. To adequately and accurately assess the impacts of climate change on cities, urban environmental quality is of utmost importance since it affects urban liveability and the well-being of urban inhabitants. A holistic assessment of urban environmental quality is therefore required to understand the impact of changing climate and urbanization on urban liveability.


This project aims to develop a data platform which incorporates urban morphological, meteorological, socio-economic and demographic data. Technical inputs will also be incorporated into the data platform for the assessment of urban environmental quality. The resultant platform can be applied at different spatial scales to suit the need of urban planning practices.


Principal Investigator(s):

Prof Edward NG, Dr Kevin Ka-Lun LAU

Project members:

Dr Yuan SHI, Mr Hongning LAN, Miss Yu Ting KWOK, Prof Chao REN


     Study1 DataPlatform 1

         The Study Scope

Study1 DataPlatform 2Study1 DataPlatform 3

Figure Caption: Field measurements of dynamic thermal comfort in Hong Kong and Genova, Italy 


             Study1 DataPlatform 4

Figure Caption: Numerical modelling of the thermal benefits of urban greenery in high-density settings


Selected Publications

Lau KKL, Shi Y, Ng EYY, 2019. Dynamic response of pedestrian thermal comfort under outdoor transient conditions. International Journal of Biometeorology, in press.

Lau KKL, Chung SC, Ren C, 2019. Outdoor thermal comfort in different urban settings of sub-tropical high-density cities: An approach of adopting local climate zone (LCZ) classification. Building and Environment 154: 227-238.

Tan Z, Chung SC, Roberts AC, Lau KKL, 2019. Design for climate resilience: influence of environmental conditions on thermal sensation in subtropical high-density cities. Architectural Science Review 62: 3-13.

Kwok YT, Schoetter R, Lau KKL, Hidalgo J, Ren C, Pigeon G, Masson V, 2019. How well does the Local Climate Zone scheme discern the thermal environment of Toulouse (France)? An analysis using numerical simulation data. International Journal of Climatology, in press.

Morakinyo TE, Lai A, Lau KKL, Ng E, 2019. Thermal benefits of vertical greening in a high-density city: Case study of Hong Kong. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 37: 42-55.

Shi Y, Ren C, Lau KKL, Ng E, 2019. Investigating the influence of urban land use and landscape pattern on PM2. 5 spatial variation using mobile monitoring and WUDAPT. Landscape and Urban Planning 189: 15-26.

Lam CKC, Lau KKL, 2018. Effect of long-term acclimatization on summer thermal comfort in outdoor spaces: a comparative study between Melbourne and Hong Kong. International Journal of Biometeorology 62(7): 1311-1324

Morakinyo TE, Lau KKL, Ren C, Ng E, 2018. Performance of Hong Kong's common trees species for outdoor temperature regulation, thermal comfort and energy saving. Building and Environment 137: 157-170.

Lau KKL, Ng E, Ren C, Ho JCK, Wan L, Shi Y, Zheng Y, Gong F, Cheng V, Yuan C, Tan Z, Wong KS, 2017. Defining the environmental performance of neighbourhoods in high-density cities. Building Research & Information 46: 540-551.

Tan Z, Lau KKL, Ng E, 2017. Planning strategies for roadside tree planting and outdoor comfort enhancement in subtropical high-density urban areas. Building and Environment 120: 93-109.

Shi Y, Lau KKL, Ng E, 2017. Incorporating wind availability into land use regression modelling of air quality in mountainous high-density urban environment. Environmental Research 157: 17-29.

Morakinyo TE, Kong L, Lau KKL, Yuan C, Ng E, 2017. A study on the impact of shadow-cast and tree species on in-canyon and neighborhood's thermal comfort. Building and Environment 115: 1-17.

Kong L, Lau KKL, Yuan C, Chen Y, Xu Y, Ren C, Ng E, 2017. Regulation of outdoor thermal comfort by trees in Hong Kong. Sustainable Cities and Society 31: 12-25.


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Centre of Urban History, Culture and Media

Fig7Latest Publications in 2015


  • Cheung, Sidney C.H.. 2015. Making Hong Kong's Coastal Wetland a Resource for Tourism Development: A Cross-cultural and Multi-disciplinary Project to Understand Historical Background and Coastal Heritage. SPC Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin, issue 35, pp. 26-31.

    This article discusses cultural history of the wetland in Hong Kong's northwest coast and argues for the importance of fishery heritage in wetland conservation. Using the example of Inner Deep Bay in the northwest New Territory, the article illustrates the tension between agriculture, fishery heritage management, and environmental conservation. The full article can be accessed via this link.

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Centre of Land Resource and Housing Policy

Neighbourhood preference 2015 survey

 1. Neighbourhood Satisfaction and Preference in Hong Kong

  • to study households' satisfaction with their neighbourhoods;
  • to study households' preferences for mixed neighbourhoods;
  • to identify the relationship between neighbourhoods satisfaction and mixed neighbourhoods.

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Centre of Community and Place Governance

CCPG Infographics Combined-1

1. Voiceless groups in Hong Kong: 11 voiceless groups are identified from data of Hong Kong Population Census 2001 and 2011, General Household Survey, and Social Welfare Department in early 2000s and early 2010s. CCPG will further analyze the spatial distribution of the voiceless groups within the research period.


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Urban Informatics Programme

poster APDSS

Air-Pollution Decision Support System



Air pollution has become a life-threatening hazard that exerts a serious impact on the sustainable development of our cities. It has been exacerbating the already deteriorating living environment in most cities, particularly those in developing countries. Closer to home is the grave plight of air pollution in Chinese cities, including Hong Kong, the solution of which problem has become an imminent and significant air-quality policy challenge for national, provincial and municipal governance. An efficient and effective solution to the problem relies on our understanding of the air pollution process and the availability of historical, near real-time and real-time information about the spatial and temporal variability of air pollution.

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