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THE ROLE OF THE URBAN FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Grant number: 18/10586-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2018
Status:Discontinued
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning
Principal researcher:Demóstenes Ferreira da Silva Filho
Grantee:Gustavo Torquatro Oliva
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):20/01230-3 - Nature based-solutions for resilient landscapes and cities: a case study in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, BE.EP.DR

Abstract

Increasingly it is clear that the main causes and consequences of environmental change are related to the population living in urban areas. The fragmentation of the landscape, the intensive use of energy, pressure on ecosystems, urban expansion and consumption are factors that put cities at the top of the list of concerns when thinking about mitigation policies to the effects of climate change. The possibilities for mitigation and adaptation to the urban climate level have an important role in the discussion on climate change, requiring the investigation of mitigation and adaptation mechanisms of the effects of climate change by planting trees in the urban environment. In the city of São Paulo, due to its territorial extension, there are few studies that approach the urban forest of the municipality and its contribution in the thermal comfort by means of a network of meteorological sensors scattered throughout the city. Studies under this approach are necessary and indispensable to have a reliable diagnosis of the real climatic situation of the largest city in Brazil, thus allowing it to be a model for others with great vulnerability to climate change. Today, the issue of healthy cities and smart cities is of utmost importance as a global issue. Understand how urban forests contribute, work and impact on thermal comfort and aid possibilities in mitigating the district heating is a big step for the territory planning and reorganization and decision-making by public bodies.

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