In order to determine potential mitigation strategies of urban microclimates, it is important to gain a robust understanding of the processes driving the formation of distinct urban climates. The foci of projects relating to urban climatology are directed towards gaining knowledge of the roles of urban design characteristics, such as density and land use type, upon surface energy fluxes and spatial warming patterns of a metropolitan area. This analysis of urban climate includes the interactions between the urban microclimate, overlying weather conditions and climate change effects.
- Urban micro-climate & advantages of green infrastructure & technologies
- Climatic and Bioclimatic Assessment of the Compact City Urban Morphology – A Case Study of Melbourne 2030 (PhD – Nadine d’Argent)
- Estimation of actual evapotranspiration using remote sensing data to assess the role of vegetation and water on urban climate: A study of Melbourne city (PhD – Sultana Nury)
- The influence of housing density and urban design on the surface energy balance and local climates of Melbourne, Australia and the impact of Melbourne 2030’s vision (PhD – Dr Andrew Coutts)
- It’s Getting Hot out Here: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Thermal Comfort and Heat Related Mortality in the Melbourne Region (Honours – Nicole Joffe)
- The Categorisation of Synoptic Scale Circulations over the Australian Region and their Influence on the Urban Heat Island in Melbourne (Honours – Chris Gerbing)
- The Spatial Variation of the Urban Heat Island in Melbourne, Australia (Honours – Cheryl Hickman)
For a full list of publications relating to this thematic research area, see the Publications section of the website.