Islands in the Sun: Redesigning Cities to Mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect
The goal of this project is to better understand the mechanisms contributing to urban heat islands with a goal of finding ways to lessen their effects through landscape design. Given that more than half the global population lives in cities, there is urgent need to understand and mitigate urban heat island effects, especially during heat wave events when the risk of heat-related illness and mortality can increase dramatically.
Heat Islands Primer
Most cities in the US are warming at twice the rate of the outlying rural areas and the planet as a whole. Learn more about Heat Islands and what causes them. More
The economic, environmental, and human toll of urban heat islands is far-reaching and significant. Urban heat islands have the most significant impact on the economy, human health, and the environment. More
The overall goal of this project is to understand the formation and behavior of urban heat islands and to mitigate their effects through sensible city engineering and design practices. More