Urban Heat Island Effect

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0102
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Further to your recent analysis of tree canopy cover in London - and your finding that extreme weather can impact the canopy cover of individual trees and woodland greatly from one year to the next - will you look at what other measures could be used to mitigate the Urban Heat Island effect in London, for example by creating wind paths or improving pavement surfaces?

Answer

Answer for Urban Heat Island Effect

Answer for Urban Heat Island Effect

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My officers have developed an 8 point action plan for managing heat risk to buildings, places and people in London. One of the actions includes working with University College London (UCL) to map London's Urban Heat Island (UHI) at city, sub regional and local scales to identify hotspots of heat risk. As part of this exercise, my officers will work with UCL to assess what other measures, in addition to green infrastructure, could help manage London's the Urban Heat Island.