Urban heat island (UHI) effect exhibits one of the most critical environmental issues in high-density cities and regions. Existing literature indicates considerable linkage between UHI and urban landscape pattern (ULP). Though, most previous studies focused on single spatial scale which led to inconsistent findings, and insufficient attention had been paid to the vertical ULP and emerging ‘UHI cluster’ in metropolitan areas, which limited the UHI mitigation policymaking in multi-level planning. I, therefore, propose to unpack the multi-scale impacts of ULP on UHI in the Chinese context to explore: (1) How the three-dimensional ULP affects UHI in terms of intra- and inter-city spatial variations at the local level? (2) How the UHI magnitude, footprint, and UHI-ULP association respond to various urban development patterns at the city level? (3) Whether there exhibit any “UHI cluster” phenomenon in Chinese metropolitan areas and the underlying factors? This study aims to develop a systematic multi-scale ULP-UHI analytical framework, and to contribute to the multi-level planning strategies for UHI mitigation.
About the Speaker:
Ms. Anqi ZHANG is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. She received her Master’s degree in Architectural Design and Theory from Peking University and Bachelor’s degree in Land Resources Management from Wuhan University. Her research interests include urban morphology, spatial analytics, and application of geographical open data in urban and environmental studies.
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