An Overview of Urban Metabolism 2.0

UCLA is collaborating with research partners at Arizona State University, University of California Davis and the Los Angeles Economic Roundtable to develop an updated urban metabolism framework that can measure the energy flows of contemporary cities. This methodology expands on the traditional urban metabolism framework, which is based on material flow analysis.  

Traditional urban metabolism tracks flows into and out of cities at the municipal level; our research uses more granular data to enable analysis at much finer detail – by neighborhood, land-use type, or socioeconomic stratum – providing additional leverage to policy-makers. Dr. Mikhail Chester and Janet Ferrell of ASU developed this overview poster that depicts how data on energy and material flows will be merged with the Production, Exchange, and Consumption Allocation System (PECAS) model and life cycle assessment methodologies to provide expanded understanding of the urban metabolism of cities.

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