SMUM – Spatial Microsimulation Urban Metabolism

UN Environment has developed a Spatial Microsimulation Urban Metabolism (SMUM) tool. This tool, released as open source software, provides cities with an instrument that can assess the impact of policies on resource flows and requirements.

This tool combines two powerful approaches for the simulation of resource flows within cities:

Spatial Microsimulation

This component of the simulation library constructs a synthetic population for the specific city-system and allocates consumption values to the individual groups within the city.

Urban Metabolism

This approach describes the metabolic performance of cities by quantifying and balancing all resource inputs and output