Heat resilience

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Heatwave resilience
Urban heatwave indicators
NARROWER TERMS
Report

Cooling common spaces in densifying urban environments

This research takes up the challenge of promoting a new approach to thinking about urban liveability in warming cities, with two principles at its core. First, asking how open space can be planned for ‘coolth’ defined as the experience of feeling manageably comfortable in a...
Report

Benchmarking tree canopy in Sydney’s hot schools

Analyses provided in this report will assist the development of the most effective tree planting strategies for each of Sydney’s 100 hot schools.
Report

The impact of surface cover and tree canopy on air temperature in Western Sydney

Increasing summer temperatures and urban development in Western Sydney present key challenges for contemporary planning. This research shows that increasing the area of hard surfaces and buildings leads to warming while increasing the area of open spaces and tree canopy leads to cooling.
Report

School microclimates

Based on empirical data collections, this report provides more than twenty practical recommendations on how to reduce the impacts of outdoor heat.
Conference paper

Planning shadeways in Bendigo: an example of digital planning to adapt to extreme heat

This paper describes an innovative approach to using and triangulating geospatial data, community perspectives on urban greening and community shade mapping activities to develop a shade mapping and (walking) route comfort model for a city.
Report

Urban trees and people’s yards mitigate extreme heat in western Adelaide: final summary report

This study assessed the effects of trees and other vegetation in people’s yards at reducing day time and night time heat during an extreme heatwave event in Western Adelaide.
Journal article

Heat resilience in public space and its applications in healthy and low carbon cities

Australian cities are experiencing more heat stress in the 21st century than ever before. Public life in a majority of Australian cities suffer from heat stress in urban heat islands. This paper presents the concept of spatial heat resilience as the capability of the built...
Policy report

Policy recommendations to increase urban heat stress resilience

This policy note integrates multidisciplinary policy recommendations that could mitigate the numerous negative impacts of heatwaves on public health, urban infrastructure and services through adaptation to heatwaves.
Report

Cool schools

This report summarises current research in health and environmental sciences, planning policy, legislation and standards, sustainability education, and innovative design trends. Its purpose is to inform future research into student thermal comfort and cooling solutions for schools in Western Sydney and NSW.
Conference paper

Towards heat resilience in the built environment: case studies in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide

Thermally uncomfortable outdoor environments can significantly affect liveability of cities. Australia is likely to experience between 0.6 °C and 3.8 °C increase in temperature by the end of the 21st century. In warmer climates, increased demand for indoor air-conditioning results in higher energy demand and...