Geographia Polonica (2014) vol. 87, iss. 4

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Impact of mitigation measures on the Urban Heat Island phenomenon within the city of Modena, Italy

Stefano Marchesi, Stefano Zauli-Sajani, Paolo Lauriola

Geographia Polonica (2014) vol. 87, iss. 4, pp. 531-540
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.2014.36

Abstract

Urban planners are increasingly paying more attention to the topic of UHI. Within the framework of the EU-UHI Project, an industrial area inside the municipality of Modena was selected as a pilot-area for the Emilia-Romagna Region. In this paper we present some results obtained with RayMan, a model which estimates bioclimatic discomfort based on the human radiative budget. Some simulations of the impact of mitigation measures have been carried out, taking into account the insertion of greenery and building modifications. Both intra-diurnal and whole day effects have been compared.

Keywords: thermal discomfort, bioclimatic indices, urban planning, mitigation strategies

Stefano Marchesi, Arpa Emilia-Romagna Centro Tematico Ambiente e Salute Via A. Begarelli 13, 41121 Modena: Italy
Stefano Zauli-Sajani, Arpa Emilia-Romagna Centro Tematico Ambiente e Salute Via A. Begarelli 13, 41121 Modena: Italy
Paolo Lauriola, Arpa Emilia-Romagna Centro Tematico Ambiente e Salute Via A. Begarelli 13, 41121 Modena: Italy