WSUD and Urban Heat Island Effect Mitigation

Elmira Jamei, Nigel Tapper

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Urbanization exacerbates the urban climate and contributes to the development of the urban heat island (UHI) effect, adversely impacting public health and thermal comfort. This chapter provides evidence for the effectiveness of green infrastructure (GI) and water sensitive urban design (WSUD) strategies as mechanisms to address some of the challenges faced by contemporary urban environments, including extreme heat events, drought, UHI, and thermal discomfort. Through several examples in various countries and climates, the application of GI in different forms (parks, street trees, green roofs, and green walls) and WSUD approaches were investigated and ranked as the most effective strategies in mitigating the increased urban air temperature. This chapter highlights the necessity of integrating climate knowledge into planning practices and raises awareness among urban planners of the importance of critically assessing planning policies before developing a new neighborhood.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApproaches to Water Sensitive Urban Design
Subtitle of host publicationPotential, Design, Ecological Health, Urban Greening, Economics, Policies, and Community Perceptions
EditorsAshok K Sharma, Ted Gardner, Don Begbie
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780128128435
ISBN (Print)9780128128442
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Green infrastructure
  • Urban climate
  • Urban heat island effect
  • Water sensitive urban design (WSUD)

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