Journal article

The Air-temperature Response to Green/blue-infrastructure Evaluation Tool (TARGET v1.0): an efficient and user-friendly model of city cooling

Ashley M Broadbent, Andrew M Coutts, Kerry A Nice, Matthias Demuzere, E Scott Krayenhoff, Nigel J Tapper, Hendrik Wouters

Copernicus GmbH

Abstract

Abstract. The adverse impacts of urban heat and global climate change are leading policy-makers to consider green and blue infrastructure (GBI) for heat mitigation benefits. Though many models exist to evaluate the cooling impacts of GBI, their complexity and computational demand leaves most of them largely inaccessible to those without specialist expertise and computing facilities. Here a new model called The Air-temperature Response to Green/blue-infrastructure Evaluation Tool (TARGET) is presented. TARGET is designed to be efficient and easy to use, with fewer user-defined parameters and less model input data required than other urban climate models. TARGET can be used to model street lev..

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