As the earth's average temperature increases, cities, which are often significantly warmer than the surrounding landscapes (the urban heat island effect), will be faced with higher energy needs, increased pollution and degradation of air quality. The world is becoming more and more urban - it is estimated that within 50 years 80% of the world's population will live in urban areas. This interactive online course will address how we can mitigate the heat island effect so our urban cities remain healthy, economically viable places to live.
Energy Conservation / Renewable Energy
Health, Safety and Welfare
Discuss the adverse effect of higher temperatures on our health, environment and energy consumption
Describe the typical differences in summer temperatures between rural farmland, commercial complexes, downtown urban areas, suburban residential areas and parks
Define the term heat island, what causes it, and when they form Discuss strategies and technologies that can be used to decrease the heat island effect List the benefits of cool roofs and pavements to individual buildings, pavements, health, electricity demand, air quality and potential benefits globally