Nature-based solutions for urban climate regulation and air quality

Tam Meng Man, Sofia Pereira, Cristina Calheiros*

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The increase of population in cities associated with climate change
impacts can create innumerable environmental, economic, and social problems,
around the world. Urban areas have become more impermeable, with an
increase fragmentation of habitats, ecosystem degradation, intensification of the
heat island effect, water, air, and land pollution and consequently leading to
deterioration of human wellbeing and disconnection to nature. The strategy for
changing territories dynamics involves the use of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS)
to promote multifunctional areas, operating at different scales and relying on
nature to generate environmental (e.g., biodiversity conservation or adaptation
to climate change), economic (e.g., job creation and property valuation) and
social (e.g., water drainage) advantages. The aim of the present study is to identify and characterize the main NBS that are being applied to mitigate two problems that many of Asian cities, including Macau, face: poor air quality and heat urban effect. The intention is to gather quantitative data to support a proposal towards a more sustainable city. The methodology will proceed with a state-of-the-art assessment followed by a systematic review focused on selected NBS. Statical analysis will be carried out for data assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of abstracts
Subtitle of host publicationBlue Think Conference 2022: share science, spread knowledge
Place of PublicationPorto
PublisherUniversidade do Porto
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9789895496563
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2022
EventBlue Thinking Conference 2022 - Matosinhos, Portugal
Duration: 27 Sept 202227 Sept 2022


ConferenceBlue Thinking Conference 2022


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