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Old Landscapes vs New Landscapes: Using an Urban Heat Island Index to Assess Urban and Environmental Planning Principals in Jaipur, India

Authors: Kristina Thomas*, Indiana University Of Pennsylvania
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Sustainability Science
Keywords: Sustainable Urban Landscapes, Urban Heat Index, Jaipur India
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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Recent urbanization and globalization trends in the developing world are altering urban landscapes of large cities. With the influx of global capital, multinational and transnational corporations, large cities are experiencing rapid economic and population growth accompanied by urban expansion. As a result, many Indian cities such as Jaipur are becoming overcrowded with heightened levels of pollution. Yet, Jaipur’s prominent history, architecture, and cultural economy provides a unique scenario to understand how urban and environmental planning principals in historic neighborhoods influence sustainability compared to contemporary neighborhoods. In order to understand the full impact of architectural design and planning standards, an urban heat island index, created using remote sensing and GIS techniques, is used to understand the differences between neighborhoods and their relative levels of pollution from localized factors including emissivity.

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