Project developments including updates on workshops, seminars and field work.
Workshop 1 - 11 October 2013, UniSA, Adelaide:
On 11 October 2013 the first CRC RP2005 workshop was lunched, the researchers and industry partners met for at the UniSA to discuss their challenges and present their latest findings. The Urban Micro Climates research project explores the evidence base for urban policy formulation and delivers strategies for reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions reduction in cooler cities. It applies international knowledge of urban micro climates to three Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide) and their particular challenges.
The project aims to:
- Disseminate new research on urban micro climates and their essential characteristics.
- Promote policy dialogue and peer-learning among cities, researchers and industry partners to facilitate city-to-city knowledge transfer.
- Provide capacity-development programs for stakeholders in cities that are striving to become ‘Cool Cities’ and reduce cooling energy loads.
- Design a comprehensive framework to monitor and assess urban micro climates with key indicators and measurements, with a focus on maintaining comfort in public space during heat waves.
- Develop a cost-benefit and risk analysis of the UHI mitigation options to meet end-user needs.
The resulting analysis supports decision making in urban planning and environmental management to reduce Australia’s carbon footprint in more sustainable and liveable urban environments. A database will be developed on urban micro climates in the three interconnected scales of building, precinct and city-scale. The focus on relevant outcomes is on end-users including urban local government authorities, state/regional planning and public health agencies, developers, industry and infrastructure/service providers.