Book Chapter

Planning for cooler cities: A framework to prioritise green infrastructure to mitigate high temperatures in urban landscapes

Briony NORTON, Andrew Coutts, Stephen Livesley, Richard Harris, Annie Hunter, Nicholas Williams

Planning for Climate Change A Reader in Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Design for Resilient Cities | Routledge | Published : 2018


Warming associated with urban development will be exacerbated in future years by temperature increases due to climate change. The strategic implementation of urban green infrastructure (UGI) e.g. street trees, parks, green roofs and facades can help achieve temperature reductions in urban areas while delivering diverse additional benefits such as pollution reduction and biodiversity habitat. Although the greatest thermal benefits of UGI are achieved in climates with hot, dry summers, there is comparatively little information available for land managers to determine an appropriate strategy for UGI implementation under these climatic conditions. We present a framework for prioritisation and se..

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