Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Date of Award
Master of Urban Studies (M.U.S.) in Urban Studies
Urban Studies and Planning
1 online resource (vii, 58 pages)
Trees in cities, Urban climatology, Energy conservation, Land use -- Environmental aspects, Shade trees, Urban heat island, Air -- Pollution
Our climate and our cities are changing. Though their changes are not completely dependent upon one another, there is still a coupling effect between them. This study assesses the role of urban form as it pertains to elements of climate change. It is comprised of two essays intended for publication. The first of these essays addresses the feedbacks between urban form, energy consumption, and rising global temperatures. The second essay looks at one particular factor of urban form--tree type--as it pertains to air pollution and urban heat island mitigation. Both papers use the analytical approaches necessary to answer the questions they pose, not ubiquitous over-generalizing modeling software or methods found often in the literature. As seen in the analyses, this practice--known as geocomputation--allows for a deeper and more accurate description of complex spatial relationships.
Voelkel, Jackson Lee, "Urban Geocomputation: Two Studies on Urban Form and its Role in Altering Climate" (2018). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4350.