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Can We Adapt Our Cities For The Coming Heat?

Date:
Friday, February 8, 2019
Time:
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location:
Social Science Centre (SSC)
Room: 1004
Cost:
Free
Can We Adapt Our Cities For The Coming Heat? Scott Krayenhoff, University of
Guelph

Can We Adapt Our Cities For The Coming Heat?

Scott Krayenhoff
Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of
Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph

Date: Friday, February 8th, 2019
Time: 3 – 4 pm
Location: 1004 SSC

High summertime temperatures in North American cities already have notable
health and energy impacts, and they are projected to increase in severity in the
coming decades. Moreover, cities already tend to be hotter than their
surrounding rural areas. In this talk, I will discuss my recent climate modelling
work which assesses the capacity for infrastructure-based adaptation (e.g.,
street trees, green roofs, cool roofs) to offset projected urban air temperature
increases from climate change. Second, new methods for capturing the complex
impacts of street tree planting and rooftop photovoltaic installation on urban air
temperature will be discussed. I will close by discussing the potential for
adaptation to reduce heat exposure of pedestrians, which depends on several
factors in addition to air temperature.

Scott Krayenhoff is Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of
Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. He received his MSc and PhD degrees in Physical Geography from Western University and the University of British Columbia, respectively. Scott’s work focuses on urban climates, specifically the use of climate-sensitive urban design to adapt to hotter summertime city temperatures associated with climate change. He develops and applies numerical models from street-to-city scales, with a focus on regional climate modelling. Scott’s particular focus is on assessment of the local cooling that can be achieved by street tree planting.

Department of Geography Speaker Series
Open to all interested individuals

Host:
Department of Geography
Contact:
Department of Geography
geography-web@uwo.ca
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