GCU experts map local climate variations

27 May 2014

Hot spots in Glasgow City Centre, 18 July 2013

Hot spots in Glasgow City Centre, 18 July 2013

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) experts in the impact of urban overheating and the role of green infrastructure in its mitigation are working with the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership to develop a map of local temperature variations to help tackle the local overheating problem expected to worsen with climate change to 2050.

The Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership (GCVGNP) brings together the region’s eight local authorities as well as Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Government Housing and Regeneration Directorate, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

The Glasgow and Clyde Valley region is a significant regional component of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN), a National Development in the Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework.

Led by Professor Rohinton Emmanuel, GCU is working to project local variations in climate in several areas of Glasgow, with simulated changes based on the development of the areas in terms of buildings and green areas such as urban parks, trees and roof gardens.

The work will identify likely ‘hot spots’ of local warming based on land cover and the degree of urban development of the area.

GCU previously identified Local Climate Zones within the region, breaking the area into five types of development area, which has subsequently provided an evidence base and methodology to map out the microclimate variations and expected 2050 temperatures.