Urban Heat Islands are an unintended consequence of our increasing urbanisation. With global temperatures projected to increase in the coming years – addressing Urban heat becomes increasingly important. Ramboll has helped C40 Cities setup and test a tool that measures the benefits from urban heat adaption initiatives.
The aim in developing this tool is to provide decision-makers with a first-step assessment on what health benefits and ultimately economic benefits, urban heat adaptation options could provide the city with. The use of the tool is to support well-informed city investments that not only address the urban heat issues but also acts to improve urban liveability overall.
The tool was developed with guidance from cities which participate in the C40 Cool Cities Network, and from urban heat and health impact specialists. This is the case study of Medellin.