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URBAN CLIMATE COMFORT ZONES

TURAS expert contact:
Bernd Eisenberg

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GUIDELINES FOR TACKLING HEAT ISLAND EFFECTS OF URBAN OPEN SPACES, IDENTIFYING PRIOR AREAS OF CONCERN AND PROPOSING MEASURES TO ENHANCE THERMAL COMFORT, MICRO-CLIMATE, AMENITY VALUE AND BIODIVERSITY IN URBAN REGIONS (WITH STRATEGICALLY DISTRIBUTED GREEN SPACES)

What is the challenge

Inhabitants of high-density urban areas are faced with multiple environment-related issues, which include summer heat stress caused by the urban heat island effect. As a consequence, the usability of open spaces might be strongly affected, especially for city dwellers that are vulnerable to heat stress.

WHY DO WE HAVE THIS CHALLENGE?

The heat island effect is a well-documented consequence of urbanisation processes. The average temperature in inner city regions can be up to 4°C higher and winds are weaker than in neighbouring countryside locations. This leads already now to a higher number of days with heat stress in inner cities. Those numbers will increase and the situation will be more severe in the future due to global climate change.

TURAS Solutions

The proposed strategy tackles the problem at the relevant ends, the heat stress exposure and movement patterns in cities and helps to identify the areas of concern that need most of the attention when it comes to climate change adaption measures. The focussed and well-defined local adaptation measures will also help to promote the general idea of adaptation.

THIS TOOL FOCUSES ON:

social sustainability, ecological sustainability

TYPE OF MAIN OUTCOME / BENEFIT:

physical improvements, community empowerment, knowledge/data

HOW TO REALISE THE TRANSITION?

WHO SHOULD BE INVOLVED?

FACILITATORY (PUBLIC) BODIES:
planning and development department; green spaces department; strategic planning department; health and social well-being department; environmental and sustainability department

LOCAL TASK FORCE:
professional expert; local or regional authority; researcher; community group

SUITABLE FOR:
dense inner city; urban region; (sub-)urban communities

MAIN NECESSARY RESOURCES ARE:
monetary investments; expert knowledge; local knowledge; space; public institutional set-up

TRANSITION INITIATED

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