The Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect transforms large urban areas into point sources of pollution and high heat. Climate change makes the situation worse and dramatically burdens public health in urban areas, with the consequent repercussions. The educational-informative events held by the Municipality of Thessaloniki in the framework of the European project LIFE ASTI for the implementation of a forecasting system for the Urban Heat Island effect aimed at presenting the important results of the project as well as the action plan that is expected to be implemented immediately by the Municipality. During the project’s seminar, Alexander Deligiannis, representing Sympraxis Team, a partner of LIFE ASTI, referred to the good practices implemented internationally for controlling UHI, analysing successful interventions that lead to the avoidance of climate change impact or, alternatively, to the adaptation to it. Climate strategies in urban areas include the impact on the following critical factors: 1. city relief / layout, 2. development and maintenance of all forms of urban greening, 3. use of materials within the city, aiming to minimise heat sources.

Watch HERE the video from LIFE ASTI’s seminar in the Municipality of Thessaloniki and the presentation of Alexander Deligiannis at 2:40:38­­­