23 Nov 2016

This report sets out the role to be played by the PIM project in the planned UHI project work. It summarises the goals and organisation of that work and then outlines the contribution to be made by PIM.

Report
12 Dec 2018

As cities grapple with the impacts of heatwaves, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect and amplified by climate change impacts, green spaces can cool urban areas, as well as provide health and wellbeing benefits to city dwellers and habitat for biodiversity.

Fact sheet
09 Oct 2018

Irrigating airport land for heat reduction benefits.

Case study
26 Sep 2018

Urban trees need to be protected if we want to preserve our current lifestyle and environment. This plan provides a framework for the management of our urban trees.

Draft report
11 Apr 2018

Cities and states are always looking for ways to more efficiently and effectively deliver public services, such as flood management, resource conservation, pollution prevention, social equity and human health.

Policy report
12 Sep 2018

This article looks at what the urban heat island effect is and what landscape architects can do to combat it.

Blog post
01 Feb 2018

As cities grapple with the impacts of heatwaves, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect and progressively amplified by climate change impacts, green spaces can cool urban areas, as well as providing many other functions and benefits to city dwellers’ health and wellbeing, and habitat for urban biodiversity.

Fact sheet
07 Mar 2018

Light, reflective surfaces can have a dramatic impact in cooling the surrounding air – in cities, but in the countryside too. Whitewashed walls, arrays of photovoltaic cells, and stubble-filled fields can all provide local relief during the sweltering decades ahead. But policymakers beware. It doesn’t always work like that.

Article
01 Jan 2018

Climate change affects everyone, but in cities, low-income communities often face the starkest threats. On average, low-income neighborhoods have fewer parks and green spaces to absorb stormwater, provide cooling shade, and protect homes and businesses from flooding. 

Website
01 Jan 2018

Cool roofs and pavements can help cool down buildings and cities. Replacing roofs and pavements with more reflective materials could reverse the urban heat island effect.

Website
16 Jan 2015

As the frequency and intensity of heatwaves are growing in Australia, strategies to combat heat are becoming more vital. Cities are exposed to urban heat islands (UHIs) due to excess urbanisation. In this study, a definition of urban heatwave (UHW) is conceptualised to investigate the combined impacts of heatwaves and UHIs.

Journal article
13 Nov 2017

Despite the importance of urban trees, their growth reaction to climate change and to the urban heat island effect has not yet been investigated with an international scope. While we are well informed about forest growth under recent conditions, it is unclear if this knowledge can be simply transferred to urban environments.

Journal article