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Can urban greenspace combat climate change? Towards a subtropical cities research agenda


Byrne, J and Jinjun, Y, Can urban greenspace combat climate change? Towards a subtropical cities research agenda, Australian Planner, 46, (4) pp. 36-43. ISSN 0729-3682 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/07293682.2009.10753420


It now seems likely that we are locked into irreversible climate change - at least for the next century. A noticeable effect has been a pole-wards expansion of the tropics and by extension, an increase in the number of subtropical cities. The consequences of climate change for subtropical cities include higher temperatures, increased flooding and more severe storms. This article explores how urban greening might help subtropical cities adapt to climate change, using a model to conceptualise the factors shaping the efficacy of urban greening as an adaptive strategy. It discusses current research and maps out issues for future consideration. They include the potential problems facing planners who might employ greenspace to combat climate change in subtropical cities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:urban parks, greenspace, climate change, adaptation, subtropical cities
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable construction activities
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable construction activities not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:125280
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-04-11
Last Modified:2018-04-11

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