The urban climate is continuously deteriorating. Urban heat lowers the quality of urban life, increases energy needs, and affects the urban socio-economy. Urban Climate Mitigation Techniques presents steps that can be taken to mitigate this situation through a series of innovative technologies and examples of best practices for the improvement of the urban climate.
Including tools for evaluation and a comparative analysis, this book addresses anthropogenic heat, green areas, cool materials and pavements, outdoor shading structures, evaporative cooling and earth cooling. Case studies demonstrate the success and applicability of these measures in various cities throughout the world.
Useful for urban designers, architects and planners, Urban Climate Mitigation Techniques is a step by step tour of the innovative technologies improving our urban climate, providing a holistic approach supported by well-established quantitative examples.
"This book compiles a useful collection of information about urban climate mitigation. Organized in a way that makes perfect sense, from techniques, to modeling, to implementation and case studies, this volume comes at the right time to help urban developers integrate urban climate adaptation into their daily business, spreading more sustainable urban planning around the globe." –Marjorie Musy, Deputy Director, Institut de Recherche des Sciences et Techniques de la Ville (IRSTV)
"With the world’s largest cities now warming at double the rate of the planet as a whole, it is imperative that municipal governments work to lessen the public health risk of extreme heat. This edited volume represents the first comprehensive assessment of the tools available today to lessen heat risk and, as such, provides a much needed roadmap to tackle what may be the most significant challenge presented by climate change to the world’s population: How to protect city-dwellers from a rising tide of extreme heat." –Brian Stone, Professor of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology
1. Facing The Urban heat island phenomenon – A new challenge for urban designers—Mattheos Santamouris 2. Understanding and reducing the anthropogenic heat—Nektarios Chrysoulakis 3. Valuing green spaces as a heat mitigation technique—Prof Wong Nyuk Hien 4. Mitigating the urban heat with cool materials for the buildings' fabric—Afroditi Synnefa 5. Cooling the cities with cool pavements—Mattheos Santamouris 6. The effect of the evaporative cooling, techniques on reducing urban heat—Servanto Alvarez 7. Exploiting earth cooling to mitigate heat on cities' scale—Stamatis Zoras 8. The role of spatial planning—Maria Kaltsa 9. Tools for the evaluation of the mitigation techniques—Denia Kolokotsa 10. Case studies—Denia Kolokotsa