Urban Adaptation to Climate Change

The Role of Urban Form in Mediating Rising Temperatures

  • Vivek Shandas
  • Cynthia Skelhorn
  • Salim Ferwati

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Vivek Shandas
    Pages 1-4
  3. Vivek Shandas, Cynthia Skelhorn, Salim Ferwati
    Pages 5-11
  4. Vivek Shandas, Yasuyo Makido, Salim Ferwati
    Pages 13-29
  5. Vivek Shandas, Yasuyo Makido, Salim Ferwati
    Pages 31-49
  6. Cynthia Skelhorn, Salim Ferwati, Vivek Shandas, Yasuyo Makido
    Pages 51-73
  7. Yasuyo Makido, Vivek Shandas, Salim Ferwati
    Pages 75-92

About this book


This book presents the findings of a three-year study on urban heat in Doha, Qatar, and discusses guidelines and strategies for planning agencies to consider in the context of moderating temperatures to provide pedestrians with greater access to outdoor spaces and greater choice in modes of transport. If modifying urban form can reduce extreme temperatures in one of the hottest places on the planet, then perhaps other communities can learn how to create livable cities during a time of rapid changes to the climate. In fact, despite the periods of extreme heat, strategic planning and management of urban areas can improve residents’ and visitors’ ability to live, work, and move throughout the city comfortably. 

Doha, Qatar, a city with one of the most extreme climates on earth, has undergone rapid development over the past 40 years. Although cities in the Middle East are expanding at three times the international average (UN Report, 2012), the rapid population and physical growth remain largely unexamined, particularly in terms of the unique conditions, qualities, and characteristics that give rise to these emerging centres. Speed, quality, and extent of urbanization impact neighbourhood-scale environmental conditions, and this book provides evidence that urban forms and materials can help to mediate temporal variation in microclimates and that landscape modifications can potentially reduce temperatures and increase accessibility to outdoor environments. By applying the lessons in this book, communities around the world can better adapt to the increasing frequency, duration and intensity of extreme heat.  



microclimate air quality urban heat island thermal comfort livability walkability urban heat patterns temperature mediation Climate in Doha Living in extreme heat Climate mediation

Authors and affiliations

  • Vivek Shandas
    • 1
  • Cynthia Skelhorn
    • 2
  • Salim Ferwati
    • 3
  1. 1.Toulan School of Urban Studies and PlanningPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Qatar UniversityDohaQatar
  3. 3.Qatar UniversityDohaQatar

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-26585-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-26586-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5547
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5555
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