Councils Zoom In On Urban Heat


Councils Zoom In On Urban Heat

With climate change scenarios indicating more heatwaves, Eastern and Northern Adelaide councils will map hot spots across the region on Saturday 10 March.

Eastern and Northern Adelaide Councils zoom in on Urban Heat

With future climate change scenarios indicating more heatwaves and days over 35°C, Eastern and Northern Adelaide councils will map hot spots across the region using aerial thermal sensing on Saturday 10 March (weather permitting).

The councils involved in the study are (in alphabetical order):

  • City of Adelaide
  • City of Burnside
  • Campbelltown City Council
  • City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters
  • Town of Prospect
  • City of Salisbury
  • City of Tea Tree Gully
  • City of Unley
  • Town of Walkerville

Identifying the hottest parts across these urban areas will help to guide planning, tree planting and greening programs to create cooler more liveable places.

This is the first time a flyover of this kind to this extent in the region, with thermal infrared readings taken from 3,000m in the air during the day and night. 

A similar study undertaken for the Resilient South and Adapt West Projects showed that artificial turf in one location was 8.1 oC hotter than the surrounding region, and that rubber soft fall in a playground was hotter than even bitumen at 52 oC.

Once developed, high-resolution maps will indicate where urban hot spots are located in relation to buildings, roads, trees and other vegetation, at any time of day

The urban heat assessment project will also collect a range of vegetation data to study the relationship between heat and vegetation.

The maps are expected to take between six and twelvemonths to produce and will be available for the public to view when released.

The results of this work will provide councils with facts and data to work with private landholders, businesses and developers, and to encourage more trees and green infrastructure on private land.  The study will also provide scientific evidence to assist in communicating benefits of preserving trees and gardens.

The project is being undertaken by Seed Consulting in collaboration with Endev Geographic and Monash University.

This project is a key step towards the implementation of the Resilient East and Adapting Northern Adelaide Climate Adaptation Plans, prepared by councils as part of South Australia's Climate Adaptation Framework.

For further information visit:


Tim Kelly
Resilient East Project Coordinator (Mon-Thurs)
City of Unley
T 8273 8718 | m 0419 831 933

Paul Smith
City of Adelaide
T: 08 8203 7652

Jon Herd
City of Tea Tree Gully
T: 08 8397 7444

ERACampbelltown Made South Australia
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