Inhabitants of high-density urban areas are faced with multiple environment-related issues, which include summer heat stress caused by the urban heat island effect. As a consequence, the usability of open spaces might be strongly affected, especially for city dwellers that are vulnerable to heat stress.
The heat island effect is a well-documented consequence of urbanisation processes. The average temperature in inner city regions can be up to 4°C higher and winds are weaker than in neighbouring countryside locations. This leads already now to a higher number of days with heat stress in inner cities. Those numbers will increase and the situation will be more severe in the future due to global climate change.
The proposed strategy tackles the problem at the relevant ends, the heat stress exposure and movement patterns in cities and helps to identify the areas of concern that need most of the attention when it comes to climate change adaption measures. The focussed and well-defined local adaptation measures will also help to promote the general idea of adaptation.
FACILITATORY (PUBLIC) BODIES:
planning and development department; green spaces department; strategic planning department; health and social well-being department; environmental and sustainability department
LOCAL TASK FORCE:
professional expert; local or regional authority; researcher; community group
dense inner city; urban region; (sub-)urban communities
MAIN NECESSARY RESOURCES ARE:
monetary investments; expert knowledge; local knowledge; space; public institutional set-up
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