Study demonstrates how plants, trees and reflective materials can reduce extreme heat in neighborhoods

Led by Urban Studies and Planning Professor Vivek Shandas and published in the May 21 edition of the journal Atmosphere the study used computer modeling to show the temperature differences that can be made in a variety of property types – from tree-filled neighborhoods to heavily-paved industrial areas – through planting trees and vegetation, installing green roofs and using materials on roofs and pavement that reflect heat.
The work also includes an interactive map showing every land parcel in the city, their pollution index levels, percent of vegetation canopy and more.