The LIFE ASTI 1st Technical & Monitoring meeting took place in Rome, on March 7th-8th. The Partners had the opportunity to review the Project’s progress and plan the next steps with a strong focus on: preparatory actions, implementation of forecasting and heat health warning systems, as well as communication and dissemination activities.

 LIFE ASTI project focuses on the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect and human health by developing and evaluating a system of numerical models that will lead to the short-term forecast and future projection of the UHI phenomenon in two Mediterranean cities: Thessaloniki and Rome. The LIFE ASTI model system will produce high quality forecast products, such as bioclimatic indicators and heating and cooling degree days to assess the energy needs of Τbuildings. In addition, the model system will guide the Heat Health Warning Systems to be implemented in both cities and will aim also in informing the authorities, the general population and the scientific community.

 LIFE ASTI has received funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union.