Trees and lawns beat the heat

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As climate change pushes many cities towards dangerous temperatures, planners are scrambling to mitigate excessive heat. One strategy is to replace artificial surfaces with vegetation cover. In water-limited regions, municipalities have to balance the benefit of cooler temperatures with using precious water for irrigation. A new study will make those decisions easier for the semi-arid Salt Lake Valley, the largest metropolitan area in Utah located in the northern part of the state.

Associated journal article: Carolina Gómez-Navarro, Diane E. Pataki, Eric R. Pardyjak, David R. Bowling. Effects of vegetation on the spatial and temporal variation of microclimate in the urbanized Salt Lake ValleyAgricultural and Forest Meteorology, 2021; 296: 108211 DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2020.108211

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