8am - 10am BST
Tuesday 29 June 2021
Second street-scale greening for cooling and clean air in cities (SCAN) webinar
Green street, cool air. This webinar is co-chaired by Professor Prashant Kumar and Professor Pascal Perez.
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Street canyons are the most polluted city environments due to high traffic volumes and limited ventilation. In the Covid-19 era, urban green infrastructure (GI) is more important than ever.
GI offers many benefits, including air pollution abatement. However, relationships between GI, air quality and cooling of the street environment are complex and optimal GI design remains unclear, with potential for negative repercussions. To support decision-makers and address this global need, we will develop a new framework for street-scale greening that is generic, inclusive of pollution-cooling trade-offs, evidence-based, and practicable.
We will use experimental and modelling approaches, undertake trial demonstrations, and integrate results to create a collaborative platform. We will engage stakeholders, foster staff-student exchange and develop scope to leverage future funding via research proposals.
This webinar is an integral aspect of the SCAN project, providing an international platform for researchers to facilitate improved health and wellbeing in cities through knowledge exchange. It is an opportunity to reflect on project activities and share findings and perspectives regarding the use of green infrastructure for urban heat and air quality mitigation, particularly in street canyon environments. This ‘Green Street, Cool Street’ webinar follows on from the ‘Green Street, Clean Air Street’ webinar that was held in March 2021.
Welcome and introduction
8am - 8:05am BST
(5pm - 5:05pm AEST)
Professor Paul Smith
8:05am - 8:10am BST
(5:05pm - 5:10pm AEST)
Professor Amelia Hadfield
8:10am - 8:15am BST
(5:10pm - 5:15pm AEST)
Brief Introduction to programme and SCAN project
Professor Prashant Kumar and Professor Pascal Perez
Session 1 (Chair: Professor Lidia Morawska, QUT Brisbane and University of Surrey)
8:15am - 8:30am BST
(5:15pm - 5:30pm AEST)
When cooling initiatives make streets warmer
Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch
Vegetation as a measure against particle air pollution
Dr Sara Janhäll
Plant traits to maximise the delivery of multiple benefits by GI
Dr Tijana Blanusa
Optimising garden tree selection for ecosystem services
Dr Elisabeth Larsen
Session 2 (Chair: Professor John Watts, University of Surrey)
Strategies for improving vehicle emissions dispersion in urban street canyons
Professor John Zhou
Recent results on green hedges and air pollution variation in street canyons
Professor Prashant Kumar
The COALA campaigns: Characterising organics and aerosol loading in Australia
Professor Clare Murphy (Clare Paton-Walsh)
Register for this webinar to join us on Tuesday 29 June from 8am - 10am UK time (5pm - 7pm Australian time).
The deadline is Monday 28 June at midnight (UK time).
If you have any queries then please email Professor Prashant Kumar (firstname.lastname@example.org).