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)