The comfort, energy and health implications of London’s urban heat island
Mavrogianni, A., Davies, M., Batty, M., Belcher, S. E., Bohnenstengel, S. I., Carruthers, D., Chalabi, Z., Croxford, B., Demanuele, C., Evans, S., Giridharan, R., Hacker, J. N., Hamilton, I., Hogg, C., Hunt, J., Kolokotroni, M., Martin, C., Milner, J., Rajapaksha, I., Ridley, I., Steadman, J. P., Stocker, J., Wilkinson, P. and Ye, Z. (2011) The comfort, energy and health implications of London’s urban heat island. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 32 (1). pp. 35-52. ISSN 1477-0849
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The urban heat island (UHI) is a well-known effect of urbanisation and is particularly important in world megacities. Overheating in such cities is expected to be exacerbated in the future as a result of further urban growth and climate change. Demonstrating and quantifying the impact of individual design interventions on the UHI is currently difficult using available software tools. The tools developed in the LUCID (‘The Development of a Local Urban Climate Model and its Application to the Intelligent Design of Cities’) research project will enable the related impacts to be better understood, quantified and addressed. This article summarises the relevant literature and reports on the ongoing work of the project.