Weather Forecasts: The value of scientific collaboration with Epson
A new weather station has been installed for the city of Milan atop the UniCredit Tower, in collaboration with Epson Meteo.
Data collected from the tallest spire in the city will contribute to the study of weather and climate models in Milan's Urban Heating Island.
UniCredit Tower is an ideal platform for making these measurements because of its height, the absence of surrounding buildings, and the opportunities it provides for installing weather-monitoring equipment at different heights.
The project also features two high-definition webcams on the main Tower to provide a 360° panoramic view across a vast area of Lombardy.
All of the information collected in this project will be used by meteorologists at Centro Epson Meteo to assess visibility conditions in the area.
The Tower is ideally positioned
The webcams installed on the UniCredit Tower complex allows systematic monitoring of the overall visibility in a vast area of Lombardy.
The Tower's design provides ideal conditions for the study of the urban heat island in Milan.
• It is high enough
• It is divided into three buildings
• It provides three terraces at different levels
• It has a wide, open square below • It has no other buildings around it
The agreement between UniCredit and Epson Meteo allows Mediaset TV broadcasts to show images directly from UniCredit Tower for weather forecasts, particularly during TGCom24, the Mattino5 TV show on Canale5 and on the home page of www.meteo.it.
What is a HEAT ISLAND?
A total of 75 percent of Europe's population lives in urban areas, many of which will directly perceive the effects of climate change in everyday life.
While suburban areas are experiencing a more gradual exposure, urban areas are witnessing unique and distinctive changes to their climate. Replacing natural vegetation with artificial surfaces and buildings is creating unique microclimates that alter the temperature, humidity, direction of winds and rainfall.
Differences in urban planning and management can make cities vulnerable in many different ways, with each developing its own distinctive features; there are even substantial differences between cities within a same geographic region. As a consequence, all surfaces on which roads, houses, shops and industrial areas are built result in significant changes that require in-depth study.
THE WEATHER STATION
The weather station is equipped with advanced sensors that collect and classify data relating to temperature, wind, humidity and rainfall in real time.
That information is catalogued, studied and compared with other data collected from the Meteonetwork Association, Milan Linate Airport and the Milan Brera weather station. Over the course of time, this data will become a valuable digital archive for building increasingly accurate weather forecast models.
Environmental sustainability at Unicredit
UniCredit is aware of its environmental stewardship and of the direct and indirect impacts of its activities.
In addition to minimizing our carbon footprint, we are financing renewable energy technologies and finding new ways to curb emissions.
Our day-to-day commitment also extends to our suppliers, who are required to ensure technical specifications while incorporating environmental criteria.
To be a truly sustainable bank means working every day to create value for all of our stakeholders and improve their quality of life.
Time lapsesTwo video cameras with day/night high-definition sensors and zoom lenses have been installed on UniCredit Tower A. They provide a 360° view of Lombardy. Every day our webcam records 60 minutes of video footage, which is then edited into a pair of breathtaking 40-second time-lapse videos.