How green roof interventions can help cool cities

by Andrew Sansom
// Research

Green planting on building roofs could help mitigate severe heat in cities according to a NASA study of three sites in Chicago, which used historic satellite imagery to explore the future.

With global warming on the rise and heatwaves causing increased temperatures in cities, and consequently, inside of buildings, it is pivotal that we figure out how to reduce or stabilise temperatures inside of buildings.

Climate scientists and researchers from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies have been studying the effectiveness of using rooftop gardens and greenery to help combat this.

As roofing materials usually consist of black tar or other dark-toned materials, researchers are attempting to use the cooling power of plants to lower the temperature of city spaces.

To learn more about scientist’s latest attempt to combat climate change, click here to view the full report.

Written by Andrew Sansom.