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Impacts and Adaptation Response of Infrastructure and Communities to Heatwaves: The South Australian Experience of 2009

This report captures the nature of the 2009 heatwave in South Australia. It provides a very useful overview of the meteorological characteristics that set up the heatwave event and introduces the subsequent ramifications on human health, energy, transport, water and telecommunication networks. The report also explores the responses by various organizations (e.g. police and ambulance) and gives an overview of the potential barriers facing adaptation. This reading is a must for those exploring the impacts that heat can have on the urban system.

Heat Islands Understanding and Mitigating Heat in Urban Areas

Book blurb reads: "Heat islands are urban and suburban areas that are significantly warmer than their surroundings. Traditional, highly absorptive construction materials and a lack of effective landscaping are their main causes. Heat island problems, in terms of increased energy consumption, reduced air quality and effects on human health and mortality, are becoming more pressing as cities continue to grow and sprawl. This comprehensive book brings together the latest information about heat islands and their mitigation.

Green roofs for a wide brown land: Opportunities and barriers for rooftop greening in Australia

There is increasing public, industry and government interest in establishing green roofs in Australian cities due to their demonstrated environmental benefits. While a small number of green roofs have been constructed in Australia, most are roof gardens or intensive green roofs.

Green roof retrofit potential in the central business district

The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the potential for green roof retrofit to commercial buildings in a city centre to property managers and other property professionals.

Heat Island Effect

This website provides links to a wealth of resources on the heat island effect. The resources include over 100 presentations (as PDF's) and podcasts from 1998 through to June 2010 and is updated regularly.

Excessive Heat Events Guidebook

This guidebook provides background information to enable decision makers to assess the health risks arising from heatwaves. Although the report is US specific (e.g. reference to US cities and temperature described in Fahrenheit, it still provides some useful information for Australian decision makers.

Chicago Climate Change Action Plan: Strategy 5 - Adaptation

The Chicago Climate Change Action Plan includes activities to manage heat, pursue innovative cooling, protect air quality, manage stormwater, implement green urban design, preserve plants and trees, engage the public, engage business and plan for the future.

Green Roofs as an Adaptation to Climate Change: Modelling the Green Roof at the Burnley Campus, the University of Melbourne

This report presents a study on green roofs (roofs that have vegetation planted on them). The findings of the study show that green roofs can decrease the energy required to cool a room in summer by 48%.