Urban Heat Island: Causes, Effects and Mitigation Measures - A Review
International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Volume 3, Issue 2, April 2015, Pages: 67-73
Received: Jan. 28, 2015; Accepted: Mar. 5, 2015; Published: Mar. 10, 2015
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Md. Nuruzzaman, Department of Civil Engineering, Rangpur Engineering College, Rangpur, Bangladesh
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High temperature in the city centers than its’ surroundings known as the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect, which is causing discomfort to the urban dwellers in the summer time is gaining much attention around the world because the world is getting urbanized as it advances in technology. Alterations of surface area, improper urban planning, air pollution, etc. are causing this increasingly growing phenomenon and it is accountable for human discomfort, human casualties and decline of climate. In this paper, an attempt has been taken to review various measures to encounter UHI effect and the processes by which these strategies work is described with diagrams. Using high albedo materials and pavements, green vegetation and green roofs, urban planning, pervious pavements, shade trees and existence of water bodies in city areas are the potential UHI mitigation strategies on which discussion is done in this paper with their limitations. Green vegetation seems to be the most effective measure and other strategies can play a major role under proper condition.
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Urban Heat Island, Causes, Effects, Mitigation Measures
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Md. Nuruzzaman, Urban Heat Island: Causes, Effects and Mitigation Measures - A Review, International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 67-73. doi: 10.11648/j.ijema.20150302.15
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