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Green Infrastructure to Mitigate Extreme Temperatures in Cities (cap. libro)

De la Barrera F., Reyes-Paecke S. (2021)


Extreme temperatures mirror global climate patterns. The physical characteristics of the landscapes of cities and the activities of their citizens have decisive consequences on urban climates. Both are indeed manageable through urban planning, and especially with the potential of greening urban landscapes. This chapter analyses the capacity of urban green infrastructure (GI) to mitigate extreme temperature. Greening urban landscapes means not only increasing the proportion of planted land in cities, but also acknowledging the distinct contributions of different elements of GI on urban conditions, particularly climate. Based on a literature review, this chapter delves into the mechanisms for the scaling effects of mitigating urban heat islands (UHI) by GI. UHI are urban centres with significantly higher temperatures than those of surrounding rural areas. Within cities, UHI varies in shape and intensity, with lower temperatures in the presence of some GI elements. A deeper understanding of the distinct and synergetic contributions of GI components and the mechanisms involved is needed to green urban climates and manage the multiscale and nested nature of GI.


Cómo citar: De la Barrera F., Reyes-Paecke S. (2021) Green Infrastructure to Mitigate Extreme Temperatures in Cities. In: Palme M., Salvati A. (eds) Urban Microclimate Modelling for Comfort and Energy Studies. Springer, Cham.


Print ISBN: 978-3-030-65420-7

Online ISBN: 978-3-030-65421-4

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