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Type: Journal article
Title: Policy recommendations to increase urban heat stress resilience
Author: Hatvani-Kovacs, G.
Bush, J.
Sharifi, E.
Boland, J.
Citation: Urban Climate, 2018; 25:51-63
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2212-0955
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Gertrud Hatvani-Kovacs, Judy Bush, Ehsan Sharifi, John Boland
Abstract: As the frequency and intensity of heatwaves are growing, strategies to improve our resilience are becoming more vital. Policies to increase heat stress resilience are mostly isolated across different disciplines and government departments. A holistic approach would be necessary that mitigates the numerous negative impacts of heatwaves on public health, urban infrastructure and services through adaptation to heatwaves in the realm of public health, building and construction industry, and urban planning and infrastructure. This paper reviews the research on heat stress adaptation measures, before presenting recommendations for a range of integrated policy measures to increase the heat stress resilience of urban populations in Australian cities. The recommended policy measures include information dissemination, incentives and disincentives, promotion, demonstration and regulations. The paper concludes by identifying directions for further research and reinforcing the multiple benefits that can result from the implementation of heat stress resilience policies and strategies.
Keywords: Heatwaves; urban resilience; policy; adaptation; mitigation
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030088747
DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2018.05.001
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