Urban heat modelling for decision making

Understanding and mitigating urban heat has the potential to save lives as well as give other co-benefits such as increased walkability, connectivity and liveability.
The field of urban heat modelling has grown in recent years to help with quantifying the urban cooling benefits from a range of measures such as street trees, irrigation, green roofs, cool roofs and water bodies.

Quantifying the cooling benefit allows people to make decisions regarding tree placement, species selection and the urban environment, to understand the economic benefits, set tree canopy targets and inform the design process for new developments.

Dr Stephanie Jacobs

Stephanie is a climate scientist specialising in urban climate and cooling, climate change and heat stress.

She completed her PhD research in modelling urban heat mitigation strategies and human heat stress for Melbourne during heatwaves from the current and future climate.
The strategies modelled included cool roofs, increased vegetation and urban irrigation.

For Mosaic Insights, Stephanie conducts spatial urban heat modelling from the street scale up to the local government scale using a range of microclimate models.