Beat the heat with your garden
Climate change is resulting in an increase of heatwaves, while the replacement of vegetated areas with hard surfaces in urban areas is increasing the intensity of these heatwaves.
This project aims to understand the relationship between vegetation, air temperature and water usage to assess the cooling effect achievable by increasing the amount of vegetation in a household garden. A combination of temperature measurements, water usage data and remote sensing techniques to assess vegetation have been collected and analysed at various Adelaide households.
We present a numerical relationship that can inform a resident on the cooling effect they can achieve with an increase of vegetation in their garden.
Our built and natural environments
Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering