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Avoiding the heat island effect in Canberra with living green infrastructure

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3:15 am
February 28, 2018



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A new CSIRO report commissioned by the ACT Government identifies Canberra neighbourhoods that are hotter due to the ‘urban heat island effect’.

The report finds that:

  • Canberra’s summer land surface temperatures can be up to 10 C hotter by mid-morning in parts of the city, and up to 8 C hotter than surrounding rural areas at night.
  • Areas that typically experience above-average temperatures on summer mornings include: areas with large surfaces such as rooftops, carparks and paving, commonly found in commercial and industrial areas, major roads and intersections, and new housing developments; areas with low, sparse, dry vegetation; areas with few trees and little irrigation, and some artificial playing surfaces.
  • Areas that typically experience below-average temperatures on summer mornings include: Irrigated areas, water features and lakesides; areas with green vegetation, trees, and forest cover, as well as shady areas. Neighbourhoods with tree canopy shade of 30% or more can be up to 13 C cooler on a hot summer day.
  • Vulnerable groups, including low-income households and the elderly, are more at risk in extreme heat conditions.

The report has been released alongside the Government’s Living Infrastructure Information Paper.

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