No. 25 (2023): Enabling Roles of Technology
Research and Experimentation

From CFD to GIS: a methodology to implement urban microclimate georeferenced databases

Matteo Trane
Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio, Politecnico di Torino
Guglielmo Ricciardi
Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino
Mattia Scalas
Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio, Politecnico di Torino
Marta Ellena
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) Foundation, Regional Model and Geo-Hydrological Impacts (REMHI) Division

Published 2023-05-30


  • Urban microclimate,
  • CFD,
  • ENVI-met,
  • GIS,
  • Software interoperability

How to Cite

Trane, M., Ricciardi, G., Scalas, M., & Ellena, M. (2023). From CFD to GIS: a methodology to implement urban microclimate georeferenced databases. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (25), 124–133.


The objective of this paper is to present a methodology for the integration of a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) microclimate simulation and a Geographic Information System (GIS). The first workflow involves the attribution of spatial coordinates to the point data extracted from the CFD, the implementation of an SQLite database, and the connection to the database to visualise and use information on environmental and comfort variables. The second workflow involves georeferencing the CFD raster output, attributing an ID to the point data, creating a point grid in a GIS environment, and merging these with the point data on the microclimate. For demonstration purposes, the methodology is tested on a real case study using ENVI-met and ArcGIS Pro.


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