Urban heat islands

Conference paper

The urban heat island in Australian city planning

Extreme heat associated with the Urban Heat Island (UHI) and future climate change will have a disproportional geographic and demographic impact across a city. This research investigates Australian cities' strategic plans for heat reduction to maintain their liveability towards heat stress from the UHI effect.
Journal article

Understanding land surface temperature differences of local climate zones based on airborne remote sensing data

The local climate zones (LCZ) scheme has attracted the interest of climate researchers as it enables the standardized study of urban heat islands by combining thermal and physical parameters of built and natural structures. Most recent work on LCZ has concentrated on understanding air temperature...
Journal article

Evaluating the cooling effects of green infrastructure: a systematic review of methods, indicators and data sources

Highlights 165 studies from 2010 to 2017 investigating the cooling effects of green infrastructure were systematically reviewed. Studies were analysed for their spatial patterns, investigation period, typologies studied and methodological aspects. Five major gaps in the literature were identified. Research opportunities for future development were...
Journal article

A methodological framework to assess the thermal performance of green infrastructure through airborne remote sensing

This paper presents a methodological framework for a more accurate assessment of the thermal performance of green infrastructure (GI) using a combination of airborne remote sensing, field measurements and numerical modelling. The proposed framework consists of: (a) controlling intervening variables and classifying sites according to...
Journal article

Urban heat island and overheating characteristics in Sydney, Australia. An analysis of multiyear measurements

It has become increasingly important to study the urban heat island phenomenon due to the adverse effects on summertime cooling energy demand, air and water quality and most importantly, heat-related illness and mortality. The present article analyses the magnitude and the characteristics of the urban...

Towards zero carbon: cooling our cities

Since its launch in 2012, the CRCLCL has worked closely with industry and government to generate an authoritative body of research to help keep Australian cities cool.

Killer heat in the United States: climate choices and the future of dangerously hot days

This analysis provides a view of how extreme heat events caused by dangerous combinations of temperature and humidity are likely to become more frequent and widespread in the United States over this century.

Cooling Sydney Strategy: planning for Sydney 2050

This strategy provides urban overheating mitigation recommendations to support the strategic planning of Sydney 2050 based on in-depth research conducted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Technical report

Microclimate and urban heat island mitigation decision-support tool (project short report)

This project was carried out by UNSW Sydney and Swinburne University in collaboration with government and industry partners. This report briefly outlines the achievements of the project, incorporating several previously published reports and case studies in addition to two new case studies in Parramatta and...
Journal article

The effect of building facades on outdoor microclimate – dependence model development using terrestrial thermography and multivariate analysis

This paper describes ground-based thermal infrared (TIR) data collection and the development of a multivariate regression model to predict brightness surface temperature from thermal images. The statistical model estimates surface temperature regressed against thermal image red, green and blue (RGB) values with high predictive strength...