WSUD 2012 - 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design, 2012. Website abstract bibtex
It is well known across the water industry that urbanisation significantly modifies the natural water balance, but urbanisation also modifies surface radiative and energy exchanges, leading to distinct urban climates. As 50% of the global population reside in urban areas (UN, 2009), it is important that urban development supports favourable urban climates and limits urban heat island (UHI) intensities. To date, the effect of changing natural land use to built-up areas has rarely been addressed in climate science (Best, 2006; Christensen et al., 2007; Oleson et al., 2008a). Increasing vegetation has been shown to support UHI mitigation, but very little research has investigated the effects of WSUD (in restoring natural water balances) on urban climate through purposefully modifying surface energy exchanges.