High resolution thermal stress mapping in africa: decision maps for urban planning in Johannesburg

Floris Boogaard, Jeroen Kluck, Marieke de Groen

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    Urban planning will benefit from tools that can assess the vulnerability
    to thermal stress in urban dense cities. Detailed quick-scan heat stress
    maps, as made in this study for Johannesburg, have proven valuable in
    the decision-making process on this topic. It raised awareness on the
    urgent need to implement measures to tackle the effects of climate
    change and urbanization. Awareness on heat stress has led to the
    implementation of measures to mitigate the effects of climate change.
    As in other countries, nature-based solutions (e.g. green roofs and walls,
    swales, rain gardens, planting trees etc) are considered in urban areas
    in South Africa for various reasons. The awareness of the effect of
    nature based solutions on heat stress is still low, which can be improved
    by the use of heat stress maps. Some of these measures are already
    mapped on the open source web tool, Climate-scan
    (www.climatescan.nl) for international knowledge exchange around
    the globe.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
    Event5th international climate change adaptation conference: Adaptation Futures 2018 Dialogues for solutions - Cape Town, South Africa
    Duration: 18 Jun 201821 Jun 2018


    Conference5th international climate change adaptation conference
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa
    CityCape Town
    Internet address


    • thermal stress
    • climate
    • climateadaption


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