Analysing effects of painting streets white in Los Angeles

The mitigation of the Urban Heat Island effect is one of the most challenging design tasks for urban planners and architects. Besides different nature based solutions (NBS) such as vegetation or water, changing the physical properties of the urban materials is one way to reduce heat stress.

Coating formerly dark asphalt roads with a white color is one adaption strategy that is recently applied in serval countries around the world. In our new case study we want to explore by the example of one of L.A.’s oldest neighbourhoods, Angelino Heights, what would be the effect of such a measure for the urban microclimate.

The dataset prepared for download covers a simulation period of 6 days and is therefore an interesting example for analysing log term effects such as heat storage in the ground using ENVI-met.

Please find the case study here.