Spatial configuration of green space matters: Associations between urban land cover and air temperature

Last updated on 31-5-2024 by Wesley Van Dessel

Peer reviewed scientific article




Global warming and urbanization have exacerbated urban heat island issues in cities, affecting the liveability and long-term health and well-being of its citizens. This study explores how landscape composition and configuration regulate diurnal air temperature variations and the cooling potential of urban green spaces. Using a spatially-dense citizen science weather station network in Leuven (Belgium), mean night temperature, mean day temperature, and diurnal temperature range were recorded during summer heat periods of 2022. Urban land cover data were collected at two buffer scales (50m…

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