SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science

Urban Adaptation to Climate Change

The Role of Urban Form in Mediating Rising Temperatures

Authors: Shandas, Vivek, Skelhorn, Cynthia, Ferwati, Salim

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  • Discusses a multi-scale approach, from regional to neighbourhood scales, to analyze the patterns of urban heat in Doha, Qatar
  • Presents research conducted over a 3-year period, one of the most comprehensive analyses of urban heat in a Middle Eastern desert climate
  • Provides planning strategies for extreme heat that are applicable to numerous developing cities and are becoming ever-more relevant in the light of future climate change predictions
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This book presents the findings of a three-year study on urban heat in Doha, Qatar, and discusses guidelines and strategies for planning agencies to consider in the context of moderating temperatures to provide pedestrians with greater access to outdoor spaces and greater choice in modes of transport. If modifying urban form can reduce extreme temperatures in one of the hottest places on the planet, then perhaps other communities can learn how to create livable cities during a time of rapid changes to the climate. In fact, despite the periods of extreme heat, strategic planning and management of urban areas can improve residents’ and visitors’ ability to live, work, and move throughout the city comfortably. 

Doha, Qatar, a city with one of the most extreme climates on earth, has undergone rapid development over the past 40 years. Although cities in the Middle East are expanding at three times the international average (UN Report, 2012), the rapid population and physical growth remain largely unexamined, particularly in terms of the unique conditions, qualities, and characteristics that give rise to these emerging centres. Speed, quality, and extent of urbanization impact neighbourhood-scale environmental conditions, and this book provides evidence that urban forms and materials can help to mediate temporal variation in microclimates and that landscape modifications can potentially reduce temperatures and increase accessibility to outdoor environments. By applying the lessons in this book, communities around the world can better adapt to the increasing frequency, duration and intensity of extreme heat.  


 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urban Adaptation to Climate Change
Book Subtitle
The Role of Urban Form in Mediating Rising Temperatures
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26586-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26586-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-26585-4
Series ISSN
2191-5547
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 96
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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