Street smarts required in heat mitigation
Solar reflective coatings are being used on city streets to keep surrounding temperatures lower during summer months. Radiant temperatures from road pavement have a big impact on how a people experience heat in dense urban environments. But the reflective street coatings aren’t actually cooling those temperatures enough to make a dramatic difference to pedestrians, says Adrianne Middel and other ASU researchers. Middel, an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, is director of Sensable HeatScapes and Digital Environments, or the SHaDE Lab. Her studies of roadway heat mitigation efforts are showing city planners need to focus additionally on planting trees and providing shade structures to take the heat off people.