How to make a city climate-proof: Addressing the urban heat island effect

Laura Kleerekoper, Marjolein Van Esch, Tadeo Baldiri Salcedo

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The urban heat island is especially challenging in the Netherlands and other northern European countries, which are experiencing higher temperatures due to climate change. This chapter explores the effects of climate change for the urban environment and provides tools for urban design and strategies for implementation. It gives an introduction of the problem field and a climate change effect, and presents a review of climate adaptation measures. Researchers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands led by Laura Kleerekoper explore implementation strategies for Dutch cities that are applicable in similar climate zones. The strategies are grouped into four broad categories: vegetation, water, built form, and materials. Influencing the built form of a city from a policy standpoint is rather difficult and more using climatic parameters. The chapter discusses a case study to apply these implementation strategies to redesign an existing neighbourhood in Utrecht that is vulnerable to higher temperatures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlanning for Climate Change
Subtitle of host publicationA Reader in Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Design for Resilient Cities
EditorsElisabeth M. Hamin Infield, Yaser Abunnasr, Robert L. Ryan
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351201117
ISBN (Print)9780815391678
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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