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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 320; doi:10.3390/su8040320

Integrating Urban Heat Assessment in Urban Plans

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment; Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL Delft, The Netherlands
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Received: 2 February 2016 / Revised: 21 March 2016 / Accepted: 24 March 2016 / Published: 30 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 5th World Sustainability Forum - Selected Papers)
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The world is increasingly concerned with sustainability issues. Climate change is not the least of these concerns. The complexity of these issues is such that data and information management form an important means of making the right decisions. Nowadays, however, the sheer quantity of data is overwhelming; large quantities of data demand means of representation that are comprehensible and effective. The above dilemma poses questions as to how one incorporates unknown climatologic parameters, such as urban heat, in future urban planning processes, and how one ensures the proposals are specific enough to actually adapt cities to climate change and flexible enough to ensure the proposed measures are combinable and compatible with other urban planning priorities. Conventional urban planning processes and mapping strategies are not adapted to this new environmental, technological and social context. In order come up with more appropriate urban planning strategies, in its first section this paper analyzes the role of the urban planner, reviews the wide variety of parameters that are starting to be integrated into the urban planners practice, and considers the parameters (mainly land surface temperature, albedo, vegetation, and imperviousness) and tools needed for the assessment of the UHI (satellite imagery and GIS). The second part of the study analyzes the potential of four catalyzing mapping categories to integrate urban heat into spatial planning processes: drift, layering, game-board, and rhizome. View Full-Text
Keywords: mapping; urban planning; urban design; climate adaptation; urban heat; urban heat island mapping; urban planning; urban design; climate adaptation; urban heat; urban heat island
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Echevarría Icaza, L.; van den Dobbelsteen, A.; van der Hoeven, F. Integrating Urban Heat Assessment in Urban Plans. Sustainability 2016, 8, 320.

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