The Texas Trees Foundation, in conjunction with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Urban Climate Lab, recently released a report on Dallas’ susceptibility to increased heat and ways to mitigate the impacts. Titled, Dallas 2017: Urban Heat Management Study, it details the current expectations surrounding heat and climate change. But while most numbers you read about climate change talk in generalities, this report drills down into the ramifications for Dallas to areas approximately six blocks square.
The reason for the drill down is simple — vague doesn’t serve anyone. In that vein, the report doesn’t evaluate the plethora of green technologies available, but instead focuses on trees/vegetation and reflective and porous roofing and roadway materials. In the past few months, CandysDirt.com has talked about green roofing and other technologies (here, here) as part of flood mitigation. This report mentions but discards these due to cost and complexity … oh, and the Texas Tree Foundation sponsored the report, so sticking with what they know and all.