Climate Change Resilience in Urban Mobility
The CLIMACCESS project presents a comprehensive research effort towards a better understanding of the links between climate change scenarios, urban accessibility and the mobility of urban residents in the Accra region.
Through an interdisciplinary approach, our team of Ghanaian and Danish partners investigates the physical and human factors that determine the impacts of climate change on mobility and accessibility, with the aim of developing strategies for increasing climate change resilience within urban mobility in the Ghanaian capital.
The Climate Change Resilience in Urban Mobility (CLIMACCESS) project is a collaborative Danida supported research project involving the University of Copenhagen, University of Ghana and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of Ghana. The project span is 5 years (March, 2018—December, 2022).
The project is to establish a comprehensive understanding of the physical and human factors that determine resilience to climate change impacts on mobility and accessibility in Accra. Specifically, the research and capacity building should lead to reduced inequality in access to mobility and, thereby, reduced vulnerability of local communities challenged by unsustainable spatial development practices and increased frequency of extreme weather events. Three Ph.Ds are be sponsored by the project.
The project will apply a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to address the objectives of the different work packages. The quantitative methods include questionnaire surveys, computerized analy-sis of local and city-wide elevation models, satellite images as well as GIS-based analysis of the urban transport networks in terms of risk of flooding, connectivity and level of redundancy. A small UAV “drone” will be applied to collect local elevation data for evaluation purposes. A city-wide elevation model based on satellite images will be obtained for the project. The qualitative methods include focus groups, key informant interviews, field observations, in-depth qualitative interviews and partici-patory community workshops.
Mobility within the urban areas is a basic need for urban residents because of the strong links between mobility and livelihood. Mobility-constraints due to climatic conditions have a number of consequences, including reducing access to work places, markets and services. The expected consequences of climate change are increased levels and frequency of flooding, impacting an urban transport system which is already challenged by poor road conditions and congestion, as well as by the very rapid spatial expansion of the city.
Work package A: Urban mobility patterns, livelihood strategies and vulnerability.
Work package B: Scenarios of climate change and urban flooding
Work package C: Transport network analysis: Impact of flooding on urban accessibility and mobility
Work package D: Towards a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between climate change, urban accessibility and the mobility of urban residents.
Read more about the work packages here
Møller-Jensen, L., Allotey A.N., Kofie R.Y. and Yankson, P.W.K. (2020):
A Comparison of Satellite-Based Estimates of Urban Agglomeration Size for the Accra Area.
International Journal of Geoinformation, 9(2):79, January 2020. Link to paper.
Trepekli, K., Balstrøm, T., Friborg, T., Fog, B., Allotey, A.N., Kofie, R.Y. & Møller-Jensen, L. (2022):
UAV-borne, LiDAR-based elevation modelling: a method for improving local-scale urban flood risk assessment.
Natural Hazards 22-3-2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-022-05308-9.
Andreasen, M.H., Agergaard, J., Møller-Jensen, L., Oteng-Ababio, M. & Yiran, G.A.B. (2022):
Recurrent Flooding, Fragile Infrastructure and Climate Change. Sustainability 2022, 14. Link to paper
Møller-Jensen, L., Agergaard, J., Andreasen, M.H., Kofie, R.Y, Yiran, G.A.B. & Oteng-Ababio, M. (2022):
Probing political paradox: Urban expansion, floods risk vulnerability and social justice in urban Africa.
Journal of Urban Affairs 2022, DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2022.2108436
Andreasen, M. H., Agergaard, J., Kofie, R. Y., Møller-Jensen, L., & Oteng-Ababio, M. (2022): Urban encroachment in ecologically sensitive areas: Drivers, impediments and consequences. Buildings and Cities, 3(1), pp. 920–938. https://doi.org/10.5334/bc.210
Andreasen, M.H., Agergaard, J., Allotey, A.N.M., Møller‑Jensen, L. and Oteng‑Ababio, M. (2022):
Built‑in Flood Risk: the Intertwinement of Flood Risk and Unregulated Urban Expansion in African Cities. Urban Forum Link to paper
Technical Report: A geospatial approach to the study of flood risk hotspots, transport networks and emergency response services in four peripheral areas of Accra. CSIR - Institute for Scientific and Technological Information, June 2023
IGN working paper - settlement reports
PhD course reports
Master thesis reports
Rebecca Marslew Grønlund & Johanna Pfaffenzeller: Flood adaptation in Glefe: Exploring adaptation strategies, challenges, and possibilities for future development. Master Thesis Report, September 2023
"Every time it rains": Navigating recurrent flooding, fragile infrastructure and associated mobility disruptions in Accra’s periphery. Presentation at the AAG conference March 23-27 2023. Link
Climate change-related risks in Metropolitan Accra: Is Glefe [in]visible to adaptation? Presentation at the AAG conference March 23-27 2023. Link
Identifying storm water prone locations in Accra, Ghana from a 1D hydrologic modelling validated by UAV-LiDAR. Presentation at the AAG conference March 23-27 2023. Link
Hotspots of flood-induced mobility constraints in Accra. Presentation at the AAG conference March 23-27 2023. Link
LINKS TO EXTERNAL PUBLICATIONS
Møller-Jensen, M. & Agergaard, J. (2022): Mobility Regimes and Equity in Urban Transport: Examining Women’s Mobility Experiences in Accra. In: Transport and Mobility Futures in Urban Africa (Chapter 7). Ransford A. Acheampong, Karen Lucas, Michael Poku-Boansi, Chinebuli Uzondu (ed's). The Urban Book Series, Springer 2022.
until February 2021
Albert Allotey, CSIR
Abubakari Abdallah, PhD student
Stephen Yao, PhD student
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The project is funded by Danida/FFU with DKK 9.8 mill.
Project Period: March 2018 – December 2023
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