UMAn (Urban Metabolism Analyst)

Urban Metabolism Analyst Model, it is a model for Material Flow Accounting. Comes as a response to the limitations that imply a country wide material flow accounting. The methodolygy Started being used for urban areas, amongst which s UMAn.

In essence, it studies material flow in a urban scale, considering matter movement through boundaries, extraction and production of materials and goods, their consumption, addition to stock and emissions to nature.

  • Advantages: keeping materials distinct
  • Detailed material database, detailed economic activities
  • Prepared to deal with data shortages when downscaling
  • Plug ins: life cycle phase, composition of products, lifespan
  • Decoupling cross flows

The UMAn model block scheme
(AR – Available Resources, ITS – International Trade Statistics)

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