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Developing heat resilient cities: the Cool Towns project

Developing heat resilient cities: the Cool Towns project

Bartlett, Debbie ORCID: 0000-0002-5125-6466 (2022) Developing heat resilient cities: the Cool Towns project. In: BIOSPECTRUM 2022, the International Conference on Biotechnology and Biological Sciences is organized by Department of Biotechnology, University of Engineering & Management, Kolkata, 5th - 6th November, Kolkata, West Bengal. (Unpublished)

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It might come as a surprise to those living in India but heatwaves and how to deal with heat stress is rising rapidly on the agenda in northern Europe. We have become accustomed to dealing with storms, intense rainfall events and surface water flooding, using nature based solutions to mitigate these, but developing resilience to heat is new to us. I will be talking about the ‘Cool Towns’ initiative and the strategic road map this has produced to help cities become more heat resilient. A component of this is the accurate measuring of the effectiveness of different nature based solutions in cooling the outdoor environment and helping people feel more comfortable in hot weather.
Wherever we are in the world we are facing the same climate emergency and biodiversity crisis although the baseline, in this context our normal temperature range, is different. We in Northern Europe, are at the start of our journey and hopefully this presentation will stimulate some discussion and maybe in the future collaboration on how to address our common challenges.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Keynote)
Uncontrolled Keywords: heat stress; climate resilience; nature based solutions
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Biology & Biotechnology Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Science (SCI)
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