Briefing paper

Urban heat island reduction through green infrastructure: policy guidance for state government

This brief is presented as a synopsis of key policy issues that may either support or hinder efforts to reduce urban heat through increased green infrastructure. It highlights the need for co-ordinated efforts and identifies specific portfolio barriers and opportunities.

Planning for a cooler future: green infrastructure to reduce urban heat

This guide focuses on the use of green infrastructure (GI) to mitigate urban heat. GI is an effective means to minimise heat accumulation in the urban environment as it shades hot surfaces, increases evapotranspirative cooling and modifies wind patterns The guide provides advice on spatially...
Technical report

A multi-scale assessment of urban heating in Melbourne during an extreme heat event

Airborne thermal remote sensing can provide an excellent snapshot of spatial variability in land surface temperatures across the urban landscape. This can be used to broadly identify hot-spots across the landscape for prioritising the implementation of excess heat mitigation measures such as green infrastructure. Thermal...
Technical report

Decision principles for the selection and placement of green infrastructure to mitigate urban hotspots and heat waves

The main green infrastructure elements identified and discussed in this document are green open spaces, street trees, vertical greening and green roofs. The evidence for the extent and type of cooling provided by these different vegetation elements is presented and discussed.
Technical report

Airborne thermal remote sensing for analysis of the urban heat island

This report focuses on the collection and use of airborne thermal remote sensing of the urban land surface as a tool for informing policy development and on-ground implementation of urban heat island mitigation strategies.