Urban Greening and Microclimate Modification

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Abstract

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 TemperaturetemperatureAir temperatureand development of green spacesGreen spaceis considered one of the main strategies for mitigating the urban heat island. This chapter examines the mechanisms by which plants can modify the urban microclimateMicroclimate, 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 publicationGreening Cities: Forms and Functions
EditorsPuay Yok Tan, Chi Yung Jim
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Pages73-93
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-10-4113-6
ISBN (Print)978-981-10-4111-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in 21st Century Human Settlements

Keywords

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

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