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The challenges of translating science and research into policy

Developing a strategic mindset about influencing policy must start with the understanding that opportunities to influence policy and make significant change occur infrequently and often unpredictably. The research community needs to seize such opportunities  (termed  'policy windows') when they do…
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  • Date Published: 2nd Nov 2018

How can scientists have greater influence in policy making?

Policy making is an extremely complex area of politics that brings together many different considerations, contexts, institutions and personalities.   Strategies for influencing the political dynamics of decision-making (Project A3.3) of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities unpacked some of this…
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  • Date Published: 2nd Nov 2018

Josh’s House

Josh’s House is an innovative housing-scale sustainable design and construction project based in Hilton WA, led by environmental scientist and national media personality Dr Josh Byrne in conjunction with Curtin University and the CRC for Low Carbon Living. Consisting of…
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  • Date Published: 9th Oct 2018

Here’s what happened at Ozwater’18

Tony Wong (Chief Executive Officer) and Nora Foley (Research Portfolio Manager) sell the water sensitive message. Our staff and researchers shared their vision for water sensitive cities at the Australian Water Association’s Ozwater’18 conference in Brisbane earlier this month (8–10…
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  • Date Published: 22nd May 2018

A spatial vulnerability analysis of urban populations during extreme heat events in Australian capital cities

Abstract Extreme heat events pose a risk to the health of all individuals, especially the elderly and the chronically ill, and are associated with an increased demand for healthcare services. In order to address this problem, policy makers’ need information…
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  • Date Published: 1st Mar 2013

Urban populations’ vulnerability to climate extremes: mitigating urban heat through technology and water-sensitive urban design

Abstract Low Carbon Cities is a book for practitioners, students and scholars in architecture, urban planning and design. It features essays on ecologically sustainable cities by leading exponents of urban sustainability, case studies of the new directions low carbon cities…
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  • Date Published: 7th Nov 2014

VTUF-3D: An urban micro-climate model to assess temperature moderation from increased vegetation and water in urban canyons

Abstract With urban areas facing future longer duration heatwaves and temperature extremes, adaptation strategies are needed. Examining the role that increased tree cover and water availability can have on human thermal comfort (HTC) in urban areas as part of these…
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  • Date Published: 21st Jul 2015

Health and climate related ecosystem services provided by street trees in the urban environment

Abstract Urban tree planting initiatives are being actively promoted as a planning tool to enable urban areas to adapt to and mitigate against climate change, enhance urban sustainability and improve human health and well-being. However, opportunities for creating new areas…
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  • Date Published: 8th Mar 2016

Weekly cycles in peak time temperatures and urban heat island intensity

Abstract Regular diurnal and weekly cycles (WCs) in temperature provide valuable insights into the consequences of anthropogenic activity on the urban environment. Different locations experience a range of identified WCs and have very different structures. Two important sources of urban…
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  • Date Published: 1st Jul 2016

Temperature and human thermal comfort effects of street trees across three contrasting street canyon environments

Abstract Urban street trees provide many environmental, social, and economic benefits for our cities. This research explored the role of street trees in Melbourne, Australia, in cooling the urban microclimate and improving human thermal comfort (HTC). Three east–west (E–W) oriented…
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  • Date Published: 1st Apr 2016

Remotely sensed thermal pollution and its relationship with energy consumption and industry in a rapidly urbanizing Chinese city

Abstract Taking the city of Xiamen, China, as an example, we used thermal infrared remote sensing to detect thermal pollution, and examined its relationship to energy consumption and the industrial economy. Monthly changes in 2002 and dynamics throughout the period…
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  • Date Published: 1st Jun 2013

Can a spatial index of heat-related vulnerability predict emergency service demand in Australian capital cities?

Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate a spatial model of population vulnerability (VI) capable of identifying areas of high emergency service demand (ESD) during extreme heat events (EHE). Design/methodology/approach – An index of population vulnerability…
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  • Date Published: 1st Jan 2014

The impact of “unseasonably” warm spring temperatures on acute myocardial infarction hospital admissions in Melbourne, Australia: A city with a temperate climate

Abstract The effects of extreme temperatures on human health have been well described. However, the adverse health effects of warm weather that occurs outside the summer period have had little attention. We used daily anomalous AMI morbidity and daily anomalous…
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  • Date Published: 4th Jun 2014

Identifying vulnerable populations in subtropical Brisbane, Australia: A guide for heatwave preparedness and health promotion

Abstract Building healthy societies is a key step towards climate resilient communities. Ill health is related to increased risk during heat events and is disproportionally distributed within and between communities. To understand the differences in the spatial distribution of climate…
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  • Date Published: 18th Feb 2014

The relationship between housing and heat wave resilience in older people

Abstract Older people have justifiably been highlighted as a high-risk group with respect to heat wave mortality and morbidity. However, there are older people living within the community who have developed adaptive and resilient environments around their home that provide…
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  • Date Published: 1st Sep 2015
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