Local climate change and urban heat island mitigation techniques - The state of the art

Hashem Akbari, Constantinos Cartalis, Denia Kolokotsa, Alberto Muscio, Anna Laura Pisello, Federico Rossi, Matheos Santamouris, Afroditi Synnefa, Nyuk Hien Wong, Michele Zinzi

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Increase of the ambient air temperature in cities caused by the urban heat island phenomenon has a seri- ous impact on the economic and social system of cities. to counterbalance the consequences of the increased urban temperatures important research has been carried out resulting in the development of efficient mitigation technologies. the present paper aims to present the state of the art in terms of local climate change and urban heat island mitigation techniques. In particular, developments in the field on highly reflective materials, cool and green roofs, cool pavements, urban green and of other mitigation technologies are presented in detail, while examples of implemented projects are given.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Civil Engineering and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Strategy and Management

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Akbari, H., Cartalis, C., Kolokotsa, D., Muscio, A., Pisello, A. L., Rossi, F., Santamouris, M., Synnefa, A., Wong, N. H., & Zinzi, M. (2016). Local climate change and urban heat island mitigation techniques - The state of the art. Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, 22(1), 1 - 16. https://doi.org/10.3846/13923730.2015.1111934