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Can Green Spaces Reduce Climate-Induced Heat Effects in Urban Areas? Assessment of Population Concerns in Abidjan, Côte D’ivoire

Authors: Malan Armand Kablan, Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, (Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire), Mamadou Coulibaly*, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Kouassi Dongo, Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny and Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifique (CSRS) (Cote d'Ivoire)
Topics: Environment, Behavioral Geography, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: Climate change, heat effect, urban heat, temperature, coping with heat, Spatial Analysis
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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There is an increasing concern for climate change-induced heat. It becomes more obvious with the ongoing climate change facts we have to live with such as extreme heat and very intense rainfall events. However, extreme heat (hot environment) can make people more vulnerable and have notable impacts on human mortality and morbidity. Unplanned demographic growth in a rapid urbanization scenario may result in an increase of the heat effect when the ecosystem is damaged and can no longer perform its natural functions, such as mitigating climate effects. Thus, this study aimed at bridging this information gap, and providing policymakers with critical knowledge on the dangers that the population faces with respect to climate-induced increase in warm days. The goal of this study is to assess Abidjan inhabitants’ concerns about climate-induced heat and to evaluate the importance of green spaces in mitigating these effects. This study provides key information resulting from 40 years of temperature data analysis, the linearity between the spatial variation of heat and distribution of buildups, and 500 household interviews provided by an in-depth case study of the district of Cocody in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

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