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Urban Heat Islands Strategic Plan Vienna

Project Leader
Brandenburg Christiane, Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Damyanovic Doris, Sub Projectleader
Hofreither Markus, Project Staff
Reinwald Florian, Project Staff
Kniepert Martin, Project Staff
Allex Brigitte, Project Staff (bis 30.09.2021)
Gantner Birgit, Project Staff
Czachs Christina, Project Staff
Morawetz Ulrich, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
Institute of Landscape Planning
Institute of Sustainable Economic Development
Urban Heat Islands Strategic Plan Vienna - Sub project (UHI Wien)
Funded by
City Council of Vienna, Municipal Department 22, Ebendorferstraße 4, 1082 Wien, Austria
Aims of the project „Urban Heat Islands Strategic Plan Vienna“:
• Development of a strategy plan for the City of Vienna for the implementation of measures of urban planning, open space planning and urban ecology in order to reduce effects of urban heat islands (UHI).
• Identification of possible courses of action for the City of Vienna based on the tools of the control levels of urban planning and urban development.
• Identification of options to raise awareness and acceptance of measures to reduce UHI effects.
Main content-related tasks of the project „UHI-STRAT Vienna“:
• Identification and evaluation of measures to effectively reduce UHI effects (e.g. improvement of urban spaces in terms of heat stress, especially under consideration of micro-/mesoclimatic conditions in urban and open space planning; adaption in the design of public and private open spaces such as streets, squares or parks in the area of settlement with a view to reducing UHI effects; development of information and early warning systems; public relations).
• Assessment of the measures and implementation strategies in terms of economic benefit, resources required, acceptance by politics and population as well as feasibility.
• Verification of the possibilities of implementation of the measures within the control levels and tools of urban planning and urban development of the City of Vienna.
• Development of a strategy plan after identifying the relevant control levels and considering potentially necessary supplementations or changes of the urban planning tools for the implementation of the measures.
• Development of a hands-on guide with an interactive tool for awareness raising and decision making as evidence-based decision support for a sustainable implementation of the measures.
• Analysis of feasibility: Identification of possibilities of implementing the measures on the basis of two characteristic urban structures in Vienna chosen as pilot actions.
meteorology; land dedication; regional planning; landscape planning; Landscape ecology;
Adaptation; Urban Heat Islands;

Gantner B., Allex B., Brandenburg Ch., Czachs Ch., Damyanovic D., Reinwald F., Preiss J. (2016): Urban Heat Islands Strategy Plan Vienna – Implementing Urban Green Infrastructure to Reduce Negative Effects of Urban Heat Islands.
[5th Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning, Budapest, Hungary, 30.06.2016 - 03.06.2016]

In: István Valánski, Sándor Jobmach, Krisztina Filep-Kovács, Julius Gy. Fábos, Robert L. Ryan, Mark S. Lindhult, Láslo Kollányi (Eds), Greenways and Landscapes in Change. Proceedings of 5th Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning, -; ISBN: 978-963-269-546-4

Allex, B; Brandenburg, Ch; Damyanovic, D; Reinwald, F; Gantner, B; Czachs, C; Preiss, J (2013): Urban Heat Islands – Strategieplan Wien.
[14. Klimatag 2013 - Klimawandel, Auswirkungen und Anpassung sowie Vermeidung, Vienna, Austria, 04.04.2013 - 05.04.2013]

In: Climate Change Centre Austria CCCA, Klima- und Energiefonds gemeinsam mit Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Tagungsband 14. Klimatag

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