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    Using vegetation and water to cool our green spaces

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    Using vegetation and water to cool our green spaces

    Come and join us for an online presentation by Professor Stephen Livesley who will provide an overview of what to realistically expect from tree canopies, turf irrigation and courtyard misting with regards to cooling private and public green spaces.

    This presentation will draw upon local and international research studies and will discuss urban cooling through three different lenses: 1) surface temperature, 2) air temperature and 3) human thermal comfort.

    Stephen Livesley has researched forest systems for more than 25 years, from tropical agroforestry systems, Australian savannas, eucalypt plantations and more recently urban trees and green spaces in our towns and cities. Since 2010, Stephen has focused his research on quantifying and modelling the ecosystem services and biodiversity benefits provided by urban forests. He leads urban forest research at The University of Melbourne as part of the Green Infrastructure Research Group. 

    Stephen is one of the world’s leading urban forest researchers, having published extensively and fostering international collaborations. He works closely with local governments and industry within Australia to ensure his research is applied and has impact for society and environmental benefit. Stephen believes that a scientific evidence-base is essential for the role of urban forests to be front and centre of future urban planning and climate change adaptation actions.

    This My Smart Garden event is proudly presented by City of Port Phillip on the land of the people of the Kulin Nations.  City of Port Phillip and My Smart Garden pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledges that First Nations peoples have cared for Country sustainably for tens of thousands of years. 


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