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Urban Flows will help cities to thrive within the carrying capacity of the planet by developing a globally leading understanding of the flows of energy and resources.

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Read all about Urban Flows Observatory and the people involved.

The Observatory

Read all about what we’ve achieved so far – plus the future aims and objectives of the Sheffield Urban Flows Observatory.

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What is an Urban Observatory?

Through the gathering of data relating to the physical processes within cities, Urban Observatories enable characterisation of how cities ‘work’ and how their constituent engineering, natural and social systems interact.

This characterisation is achieved through the analysis of data to create information, support modelling and build simulations of these physical processes.

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What is an Urban Observatory?

Through the gathering of data relating to the physical processes within cities, Urban Observatories enable characterisation of how cities ‘work’ and how their constituent engineering, natural and social systems interact.

This characterisation is achieved through the analysis of data to create information, support modelling and build simulations of these physical processes.