Modelling the cooling effects of urban canals

Matt Tomkins, Harry McDonald, Jonny Huck, Joanne Tippett, Stephanie Elliot, Eoin Harris, Cem Maxwell

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We investigate the effects of canals on urban air temperatures, performing a national-scale analysis of urban canals in the UK and Ireland. Using canal characteristics and high-temporal resolution weather data, we model variability in water temperatures for 2022 at 15-minute intervals and use these data to analyse the effects on surrounding air temperatures. In addition, we incorporate the effects of shading by buildings, which can play a key role in water energy balance. In turn, this has implications for the effectiveness of canals in offsetting temperature extremes as well as the management and regulation of adjacent urban areas.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2024
Event32nd Annual GIS Research UK Conference - University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Apr 202412 Apr 2024


Conference32nd Annual GIS Research UK Conference
Abbreviated titleGISRUK
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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