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As our climate changes, we can expect warmer temperatures and more frequent and intense heatwaves. Couple this with lower rainfall and increased evaporation and you can see how our regions might struggle to cope with heat if we don’t take action now.
Through our Resilient South program, we are monitoring the effect of increased heat and high-risk areas through the mapping of thermal infrared imagery. This mapping captures land surface temperature to allow us to identify hot-spots for future planning and decision making around tree planting, urban planning, water sensitive urban design and the health and wellbeing of our community. By doing this we can identify and prioritise projects in our parks, streetscapes, natural landscapes and sporting hubs to implement green infrastructure where possible.
Take a look at your home or a place of interest (click here) to see how hot it is! Can you think of ways you can reduce heat in that spot?
Use the map to plan for your home, business or street!
Once you have opened the maps (click here), take the time to discover how hot your local area is by typing in an address into the top left of the screen.
You will see in the images that the red areas are the hottest and the blue areas are the coolest.
Click and hold your mouse anywhere on the map to move around or zoom in and out by clicking on the + or – buttons in the bottom left of the screen.
Turn the heat map on and off by clicking on the box next to ‘Thermal Map’ on the right hand side.
The heat map was captured on the 22 February 2016. On this day the recorded temperature (at Adelaide Airport) was 39.5 degrees Celsius.
From the heat map we have learnt that water and vegetation have a cooling effect. Coastal areas are also cooler than inland areas. We can't all move to the coast, but we can introduce water and vegetation into our homes and local environments.
As temperatures continue to rise, there are lots of things we can do to cool our homes, businesses, streets and cities.
Cooling around your home. Think about ….