Green Infrastructure and climate change adaptation

Salata, Konstantina Dimitra and Yiannakou, Athena (2016) Green Infrastructure and climate change adaptation. TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 9 (1). pp. 7-24. ISSN 1970-9870

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One of the main challenges urban areas, and more particularly the compact ones, are facing is their adaptation to climate change. In recent years, is had been recognized that a more ecosystem approach to spatial planning can play a critical role in meeting these challenges. Green Infrastructure (GI) and its integration in spatial planning emerges as one of the most appropriate and effective ways to improve microclimate and tackle the impacts of climate change and mainly the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. This paper initially attempts to clarify the term GI and portrays its benefits and its role as an important spatial planning tool to fulfill different environmental, social and economic needs of urban areas. Then, the paper proceeds to an empirical evaluation of the role of GI in reducing the vulnerability to UHI effect in a compact urban area of the city of Thessaloniki. For this reason, a simple methodology is developed with a twofold purpose: to recognize the risks posed by climate change and especially UHI and to assess the potential offered by available in a compact area GI assets as well as by their redesign in order to maximize their contribution to climate change adaptation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Green Infrastructure; Urban Heat Island; Climate Change Adaptation; Thessaloniki
Subjects: 700 Arti, Belle arti e Arti decorative > 710 Urbanistica e paesistica > 711 Urbanistica (Pianificazione territoriale) (Classificare le opere d'insieme su Urbanistica e Architettura in 720; classificare le opere interdisciplinari sull'Urbanistica in 307.12) > 711.1 Urbanistica – Aspetti procedurali e sociali (Pianificazione territoriale - Aspetti procedurali e sociali)
Depositing User: Rosa Anna La Rocca
Date Deposited: 27 May 2016 08:44
Last Modified: 27 May 2016 08:44

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