Urban Greening and Microclimate Modification

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Vegetation is promoted widely all over the world as a means of creating a better quality of life in cities. Plants are credited with lowering air temperature and development of green spaces is considered one of the main strategies for mitigating the urban heat island. This chapter examines the mechanisms by which plants can modify the urban microclimate, with an emphasis on air temperature and outdoor thermal comfort. It outlines a scheme for classifying urban vegetation according to its location in the city and its intended role, which may be useful for planners and landscape architects. The chapter concludes with a methodology for integrating vegetation in the urban planning process to best achieve the desired microclimatic effects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Greening Cities
Subtitle of host publicationForms and Functions
EditorsPuay Yok Tan, Chi Yung Jim
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789811041136
ISBN (Print)9789811041112, 9789811350511
StatePublished - Mar 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in 21st Century Human Settlements
ISSN (Print)2198-2546
ISSN (Electronic)2198-2554


  • Air temperature
  • Mean radiant temperature
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Thermal comfort
  • Urban heat island (UHI)
  • Park cool island (PCI)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Urban Studies


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