The ability of urban parks to reduce air temperatures of surrounding neighbourhoods: A study of 4 Toronto parks

dc.contributor.advisorBrown, Robert D.
dc.contributor.authorSlater, Graham Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-21T14:17:00Z
dc.date.available2021-07-21T14:17:00Z
dc.date.copyright2010
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Landscape Architectureen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Landscape Architectureen_US
dc.description.abstractWith increasing world population and urbanization, the need for reducing urban temperatures and their associated health consequences is becoming more critical. Vegetated urban parks can be up to 6°C cooler than their urban surroundings; however, conflicting micro-scale research exists on their ability to reduce local urban heat islands. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential of park cooling to mitigate the urban heat island effects of their surroundings. Using instruments mounted to the front of a bicycle at 105m above ground level; air temperature, solar radiation, and humidity were measured at 2m intervals along four street-park-street linear transects in Toronto, Ontario. Results indicated that parks were cooler than their surrounding streets, and that park cooling, while variable, can extend almost 100m beyond a park's borders. In conclusion, these findings generate design implications that inform urban park design, creating cooler neighbourhoods, increased human thermal comfort, and climate-sensitive design.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/26073
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectToronto parks
dc.subjectreduce air temperature
dc.subjectneighbourhoods
dc.subjecturban parks
dc.subjecturban heat island effects
dc.titleThe ability of urban parks to reduce air temperatures of surrounding neighbourhoods: A study of 4 Toronto parks
dc.typeThesisen_US

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