Urban heat island

Higher temperatures in urban areas compared to rural surroundings - caused by trapped solar radiation and human-produced waste heat.

Policy report

21 Feb 2019
21

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.

Fact sheet

12 Dec 2018
10

As cities grapple with the impacts of heatwaves, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect and amplified by climate change impacts, green spaces can cool urban areas, as well as provide health and wellbeing benefits to city dwellers and habitat for biodiversity.

Case study

9 Oct 2018
5

Irrigating airport land for heat reduction benefits.

SA Water and Adelaide Airport have been running a trial using stormwater to irrigate a 4ha site within the airport land to understand the potential benefits that maintaining appropriate vegetative cover and reducing surface and air temperatures...

Article

3 Oct 2018
17

The earth is on a trajectory to warm 3-4°C by 2100. This heat map details how that rise in temperatures will affect major metropolitan hubs.

Smart Cities Dive took a closer look at how this would affect six major metropolitan hubs, and what the...

Draft report

26 Sep 2018
5

Urban trees need to be protected if we want to preserve our current lifestyle and environment. This plan provides a framework for the management of our urban trees.

Blog post

12 Sep 2018
10

Global temperatures are rising. This is especially felt in urban areas due to the urban heat island (UHI) effect, where temperatures can be 10 degrees F (5.5 degrees C) higher than the surrounding countryside. This phenomenon is due to several factors that combine to alter...

Journal article

31 Jul 2018
4

Heatwaves are a critical public health problem. There will be an increase in the frequency and severity of heatwaves under changing climate. However, evidence about the impacts of climate change on heatwave-related mortality at a global scale is limited. Current and future daily mean temperature...

Chapter

12 Jul 2018
24

Abstract:

Climate change is set to significantly impact cities and those who live and work within them. This chapter reviews the changing climate in Australia and its consequent role in the transformation of Australian cities with emphasis on the impact to the built...

Journal article

12 Jul 2018
10

The world's population is increasingly urban with more than half the global population already living in cities. The urban population is particularly affected by increasing temperatures because of the urban heat island (UHI) effect. Increasing temperatures cause heat stress in people, even when not directly...

Guide

26 Jun 2018
3

Landscape architecture focuses on the relationship between the natural and the built environment. As we move towards an uncertain future, our methods for understanding that relationship must shift from reliance on what we know about our environment, to what we can anticipate for the future....

Website

19 Jun 2018
11

We're aiming to increase Greater Sydney's tree canopy to 40% by 2030 by planting more trees in streets, parks, bushland areas and yards.

That’s more trees in our streets, parks, backyards, neighbourhoods and schools, so we can grow our tree canopy from 16.8%* to...

Policy report

Menu of State Policy Options
11 Apr 2018
9

Cities and states are always looking for ways to more efficiently and effectively deliver public services, such as flood management, resource conservation, pollution prevention, social equity and human health. Green infrastructure is an integrated set of strategies that help realize these outcomes in the built...

Report

1 Apr 2018
18

Across the world, the role and functionality of urban water utilities has evolved over time, in response to urban challenges. The role of the urban water sector in each region has generally begun with water supply, and then been followed by sewerage, drainage, environmental protection,...

Article

7 Mar 2018
20

Light, reflective surfaces can have a dramatic impact in cooling the surrounding air – in cities, but in the countryside too. Whitewashed walls, arrays of photovoltaic cells, and stubble-filled fields can all provide local relief during the sweltering decades ahead. But policymakers beware. It doesn’t...

Journal article

27 Feb 2018
70

Cities must address climate change. More than half of the world’s population is urban, and cities emit 75% of all carbon dioxide from energy use1. Meeting the target of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to keep warming well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels requires staying...

Infographic

22 Feb 2018
12

Water's role in liveability: Heat, Waterways and Urban Amenity

Fact sheet

1 Feb 2018
18

As cities grapple with the impacts of heatwaves, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect and progressively amplified by climate change impacts, green spaces can cool urban areas, as well as providing many other functions and benefits to city dwellers’ health and wellbeing, and habitat...

Journal article

1 Feb 2018
24

Greenhouse gas emissions urgently need to be reduced. Even with a step up in mitigation, the goal of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 °C remains challenging. Consequences of missing these goals are substantial, especially on regional scales. Because progress in the reduction...

Report

1 Feb 2018
12

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the costs and benefits of applying a set of smart surface solutions1 , including cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, and permeable and reflective pavements and road surfaces across three cities: El Paso, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The...

Journal article

Diagnostics and evidence for accelerating trends
22 Jan 2018
48

This paper analyzes the observed highest temperatures that occur every year at nearly 9000 stations, and how they are changing over time and especially over the past 50 and 30 years. This research found these short-term heatwaves to be increasing in most places, especially Eurasia and...

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