UCA Report

Goal: Work with your city’s UCA report. Ideally, you collect your findings and write a report for the assessment.

Approach: You can simply write a report in whichever form you like, in a word document for example. If you wish to make an interactive online report on the CityLoops Data Hub, with the help of a form for your city, please get in touch with Metabolism of Cities (info[at]metabolismofcities.org) to inquire about this option.

Be sure to refer to some of the existing UCA reports to get an idea of what they can look like.


Depending on data availability and efforts, the report can be anywhere from 15-50 pages long (without references). The final report should contain the following:

  • an executive summary
  • some general statistics around the city (urban context) and the economic activities (economic context),
  • a Sankey diagram, as well as many visualisations from single datasets (that are generated on the Data Hub), to provide supporting information,
  • a material stock map and its data analysis
  • insights from the data analysis, including the indicator evaluation,
  • a data quality assessment
  • insights on the status quo of the city and recommendations on how to make the city more circular.

Process with the UCA online report form

You can use a UCA online report form for your city and fill in the predetermined fields to later on have an interactive online report that can be easily shared with others.

  1. Cover image: Add a cover image if you don’t have one yet. If you do have one, you can still decide if you’d like to keep this one or change it. If it is very pixelated / low resolution, we recommend that you change it. Otherwise it doesn’t look that good in the report. Have a look at Module 2 - video 5 of the first courses to see how photo management is done.
  2. City boundary: Make sure your city boundary is set, otherwise the map will not show up correctly. You can check here if your city boundary is set.
  3. Land use map: Get your land use map ready. It should not have more than 24 land use types. For example, there is a nice one for Apeldoorn, for example. The one for Porto has 685 items, which is too much. Try to process again with grouping by type.
  4. Actors map: Get your actors map ready. You uploaded data on farms, mines, waste treatment companies. These are the ones with the GPS coordinates. Make sure that they are processed.
  5. Form: Try to fill in some of the fields and click on save. If you already know which reference year you will be using, then you can already look up the population numbers, area sizes for different scales for the latest reference year. You can also test the markdown language and an ID for a dataset, but this is optional.
  6. Indicator selection: Get your indicators ready and fill in the data.