The urban heat island in Melbourne and the vital role of stormwater

Andrew Coutts, Jason Beringer, Nigel Tapper / Monash University, School of Geography and Environmental Science


Research in Melbourne investigated the influence that urban density, vegetation cover and pervious surface area has on the form and intensity of the Urban Heat Island (UHI). Research demonstrates that water availability is especially important in influencing temperatures and creating urban-rural contrasts, while within city variability is largely a result of street and building design. There are benefits in utilising available stormwater to limit UHI intensity and reduce vulnerability to daily heat stress.