Here are fact sheets providing data on the cooling effect of each intervention type.
The additional co-benefits of each intervention, such as reducing surface water flooding and benefiting biodiversity, as well as indicative costs are provided, along with evidence of effectiveness in reducing heat stress.
Technical data sheets
In the Intervention catalogue you will find technical fact sheets giving a range of detailed examples of the effectiveness of different interventions in reducing heat stress.
This will help you choose which is most appropriate for your specific site.
Urban Heat Atlas
With increase in awareness of the risks posed by climate change and increasingly severe weather events, attention has turned to the need for urgent action. While strategies to respond to flooding and drought are well-established, the effects of heat waves and how to respond is much less understood. Heat waves become more frequent, longer-lasting, and more intense. The Cool Towns project was developed with the aim of providing towns and cities the knowledge and tools to adapt to heat stress. The first step to developing effective heat resilience strategies is identifying which areas in the city experience the most heat stress, and which residents are most affected. This enables decision-makers to prioritise heat adaptation measures and develop a city-wide strategy.
The Cool Towns ‘Heat in the City’ publication focuses on the nine mid-size European cities, the partners in the project, and showcases the heat stress and heat vulnerability maps produced . The booklet provides guidance for those, such as environmental consultants and urban planners, to enable them to maplocations likely to be affected by heat in urban areas. Each map is described with respect to heat stress dynamics, socio-economic factors, and spatial characteristics. This enables practitioners to create their own thermal maps, interpret them and use them to make informed decisions. This will also help to raise awareness among professionals and the wider public to encourage a rapid evidence-based response to rising temperatures in towns and cities.