Urban Heat Maps: hotspots and heat islands at a glance
The AdaptWest Climate Change Adaptation Plan incorporates Urban Heat Mapping undertaken by the Cities of West Torrens, Charles Sturt and Port Adelaide Enfield, in partnership with the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.
The 2017 thermal mapping and Western Adelaide Urban Heat Mapping Report identifies where heat builds up across the region during hot weather, and where hotspots and ‘heat islands’ – areas where built structures and impervious materials have replaced natural surfaces – overlap with vulnerable members of the community; or where higher localised temperatures may affect the way open space and the public realm is utilised.
The project provides a 'snapshot' of surface temperatures of the study area, to gain a better understanding of how materials, urban design, different land uses and even housing density can impact or improve the liveability of public areas and private homes during our often long, dry and hot summer periods. The Western Adelaide Region is already experiencing longer, hotter and more frequent heatwaves which have the potential to impact the health and well-being of our community, as well as the councils’ ability to deliver key services.
Changing for Climate Change