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Thermal comfort: significance for landscape practice

Thermal comfort: significance for landscape practice

Bartlett, Deborah ORCID: 0000-0002-5125-6466 (2023) Thermal comfort: significance for landscape practice. In: Landscape Architecture: education, research, and practice, 2nd - 4th November 2023, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. (Unpublished)

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The Cool Towns project, funded by the INTERREG 2 Seas programme between 2018 and 2022, was a partnership between local authorities, universities and commercial companies from England, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands, who collaborated to develop an evidence-based toolkit to enable heat stress mitigation to be included in both new developments and upgrading schemes. Heat waves are increasing in frequency, duration, and intensity and this, combined with urban densification contributes to the Urban Heat Island effect and reduces the liveability of cities. The Urban Heat Island effect is well known; cities experience higher temperatures than the surrounding countryside, especially at night. This has real impact on city life, for example, on residents’ health, the local economy and sustainable mobility Understanding the full impact of heat waves, specifically identifying the most vulnerable areas to heat stress, and integrating heat resilient strategies, is new and urgently needed. Increasing vegetation can help reduce heat stress at night as well as during the day and there are numerous examples of city-wide initiatives to increase canopy cover. However, until now, there has been little research into the relative effectiveness of different tree species and other interventions on thermal comfort. This presentation will introduce the Cool Towns Intervention Catalogue, containing technical fact sheets based on direct measurements of green/blue infrastructure which demonstrates how different tree species, in various situations, can directly benefit people by reducing heat stress in public open space as well as delivering additional benefits for wildlife, carbon storage, and contribute to local identify.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords: thermal comfort; heat stress; climate; mitigation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Science (SCI)
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 12:28

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