This is the only SU project funded by Formas within their strategic innovation program: Smart Built Environment. It includes collaboration between researchers at the Department of Physical Geography (leading the project) and Chinese and U.S. partners, and has the overarching aim to develop a replicable and adaptable artificial intelligence-based decision support system (AI-DSS) for handling complex socio-physical interactions and implications for development of carbon-neutral cities.

The work will improve understanding of and planning and decision-making capability for complex built environment systems and their relationship to climate change and its impacts.

Urban planning and policy improvement requirements to achieve the carbon-neutrality goal by 2045 in
Urban planning and policy improvement requirements to achieve the carbon-neutrality goal by 2045 in Sweden.


The project budget is 4 MSEK for the years 2021-2025. The research group includes Zahra Kalantari and Gia Destouni from the Department of Physical Geography, Brian Deal from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, a strategic SU partner university), and Haozhi Pan from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), as well as representatives from Region Stockholm (for regional planning, TRF) and private-sector company WSP.

Maps showing the carbon sequestration potential of terrestrial land cover in Stockholm County (left)
Maps showing the carbon sequestration potential of terrestrial land cover in Stockholm County (left) and in Stockholm City (right).


Figures from the scientific article in ScienceDirect, Antropocene