New urban cooling for Victorian towns and cities

17 November 2018

Our researchers, students and graduates have teamed up with the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance and councils across Victoria to use green infrastructure to cool towns and cities.

Hand held thermal imaging shows the large difference in surface temperatures between shaded and unshaded roads and footpaths outside the Council Admin Building, Central Goldfields.
Hand held thermal imaging shows the large difference in surface temperatures between shaded and unshaded roads and footpaths outside the Council Admin Building, Central Goldfields.

Steve Livesley worked with Meg Caffin from Urban Forest Consulting and current and past PhD and Master of Urban Horticulture students from the University of Melbourne’s School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, to develop the Cool It project methodology.

The project enables Victorian towns and cities to prioritise urban cooling interventions, such as new tree plantings or permeable pavements.

The project is a partnership between nine councils led by the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, and funded through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

A basic demonstration of mapping results for prioritisation in Ararat.
A basic demonstration of mapping results for prioritisation in Ararat.

For more information, please contact Steve Livesley at sjlive@unimelb.edu.au

Find out more about Cool It