College of Architecture and Environmental Design
City and Regional Planning Department
BS in City and Regional Planning
The purpose of this project is to understand the factors contributing to the urban heat island effect and why it is important to consider when planning a city. This senior project will review the factors that contribute to an urban heat island, what kind of effects urban heat islands have on our city’s and their inhabitants, and how the effects can be mitigated and minimized. This project will review current mitigation strategies that have been developed to combat urban heat islands and analyze the benefits that can be attained from these mitigation strategies. Case studies will be used to understand the relative effectiveness of current mitigation strategies. The project will conclude with a review of costs and issues that may be present when attempting to mitigate an urban heat island before giving a final set of recommendations that a city can use when mitigating an urban heat island.