The impact of uncomfortable outdoor environments and extreme heat on energy demand, peak electricity, air quality, human health, thermal comfort and economy is well documented.

Several investigative studies were conducted, and mitigation strategies have been proposed globally to address issues relating to urban heat island and local climate change.

Engaging communities in the monitoring process can generate significant impact through transfer of knowledge to a large number of participating citizens, thereby providing practical and real-life opportunities for the citizens to learn and implement scientific methods to solve problems facing the communities.
This will help to promote their active participation and engagement in the implementation of mitigation techniques.

Priya will reflect on the large-scale measurement campaign conducted in 22 councils across Australia as part of the citizen science urban microclimate project; and present the preliminary findings and future plans.

Priya Rajagopalan

Priya is a building scientist with extensive experience in energy and indoor environmental quality of buildings, urban climatology and urban thermal balance.

She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Sustainable Building Innovation Lab (SBi Lab) at School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, Melbourne.