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Finding the coolest place in town

On warm days, a city can become uncomfortably hot. But temperatures often vary per street. Meteorologists at Wageningen University & Research measured the influence that buildings, vegetation, water, wind and shade have on local temperature.

In countries such as the Netherlands, where every square metre in the city has been mapped, this knowledge can be used to make weather predictions for each street. These hyperlocal  weather forecasts, which will eventually become available in an app, can help people find the coolest places in town. This is how Wageningen University & Research contributes to improving the quality of life.

Gert-Jan Steeneveld
Our research has demonstrated that the urban heat island effect is substantial in the Netherlands. Taking predicted climate change into account, we expect that urban heat stress will become an increasing problem for human health and labour productivity. We are therefore developing methods for weather forecasts on street level.
Gert-Jan Steeneveld


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