The Urban Heat Island: Thermal Comfort and the Role of Urban Greening

J.A. Hiemstra, Hadas Saaroni, Jorge H. Amorim

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As the majority of people living in cities around the world continues to grow, the challenges connected with life in densely populated urban areas are growing as well. One of the most prominent environmental features of urbanization is the tendency of temperatures in cities to gradually rise in comparison to their rural surroundings, in a localized climatic phenomenon known as the Urban Heat Island (UHI ) effect. Especially during periods of heat stress in warm-weather cities, the UHI may have a debilitating effect on the health and activity of the urban population. Urban green infrastructure in general, and urban trees and forests in particular, hold an unmatched potential as a means for mitigating the UHI effect and enhancing the thermal comfort of people in cities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Urban Forest
EditorsD. Pearlmutter, Carlo Calfapietra, Roeland Samson, Liz O'Brien, Silvija Krajter Ostoić, Giovanni Sanesi, Rocío Alonso del Amo
ISBN (Electronic)9783319502809
ISBN (Print)9783319502793
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameFuture City
ISSN (Print)1876-0899
ISSN (Electronic)1876-0880


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