- Enhanced temporal and spatial resolution for mobile shade distributions.
- Temporal urban shade profiles at different sun angles evaluated while walking.
- Inexpensive electronic sun journal used for mobile urban shade evaluation.
- Shade profiles and distributions modelled for distinct urban environments.
- Methodology allows for continuous high temporal resolution shade evaluation.
Precise shade distributions at the street level are an area of research of increasing importance to provide complete and high spatial and temporal resolutions of the amount and effectiveness of shade. Temporal shade distributions and profiles were evaluated for an inner Sydney tree-lined suburban street at different times of the day using an electronic sun journal (ESJ), providing detailed profiles of shade availability for various times of the day to provide very detailed street-level shade profiles and distributions that are often not included in shade audit methods and models. Further profiles were developed of streets adjoining shopfronts and public parks. Distributions of dense, light and no shade areas were calculated, revealing that tree canopy shade area during the middle of the day is considerably less effective and more prone to gaps than at other times. Distributions calculated using the ESJ were compatible with the paper-based shade auditing with less than 10% variation, whilst the ESJ has revealed a greater resolution of detail of gaps in the shade, thus records a higher amount of areas of no shade. The ESJ is a robust, low cost and portable tool that can efficiently and quickly produce shade profiles during walks in an urban environment, such as streetscapes.