Madhumita Jaganmohan & Nina Schwarz, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

Sonja Knapp, UFZ, Halle, Germany

Presentation Title: the cooling effects of green spaces onto the residential areas of Leipzig, Germany




Ecosystems provide cities with various services, of which microclimate regulation is one of the most easily perceivable. Urban green cover mitigates heat caused by built-up structures. The aim of the study was to quantify the strength of the cooling effect of a green space, how far it reaches into its surrounding residential environment, and how this temperature gradient is driven by the size and shape of the green space as well as its distance to the city center. This presentation gave preliminary results on the effect of park characteristics onto the cooling effect in the city of Leipzig, Germany.

Key Lessons Learned

It is assumed that temperature increases as distance from the greenspace increases, but in a sample size of 66 parks, this is not true in many cases, e.g., 25 percent of greenspaces are found to be slightly warmer than their surrounding distention areas (dependent upon vegetation type and size of greenspace).

Policy/Practice Implications of Research

The spatial configuration of urban green spaces is directly related to aspects of land sharing (numerous small green spaces) and land sparing (few, large urban green spaces) in an urban context. Understanding which urban form is more important for influencing the cooling effect helps to provide valuable information for urban planners.


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