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Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies

Urban areas are usually warmer than their rural surroundings, a phenomenon known as the “heat island effect.”

Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies (October 2008) describes the causes and impacts of summertime urban heat islands and promotes strategies for lowering temperatures in U.S. communities. It provides an overview of heat islands, how they form, and their impacts, and describes key urban heat island reduction strategies in depth. It also describes voluntary and policy efforts undertaken by state and local governments to mitigate urban heat islands.

Chapters:

  • Urban Heat Island Basics
  • Trees and Vegetation
  • Green Roofs
  • Cool Roofs
  • Cool Pavements
  • Heat Island Reduction Activities
Organization
US Environmental Protection Agency

Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies

Sub-Topics
Heat Island
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