Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities

Volume 72 of the series Water Science and Technology Library pp 199-209

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Study of Urban Water Bodies in View of Potential for Micro-climatic Cooling and Natural Purification of Waste Water

  • Abu Taib Mohammed ShahjahanAffiliated withDepartment of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Email author 
  • , Khandaker Shabbir AhmedAffiliated withDepartment of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology


Urban wet lands and water bodies can reduce overheating of the urban environment as well their general function of natural water purification. Nonetheless, urban wetlands are either diminishing or contracted from their original shape and size due to pressures from the housing sector and unplanned urbanisation. This chapter presents the findings of a study investigating into the possible relationships existing between water quality of urban and peri-urban water bodies and three selected parameters; shape complexity, micro-climatic temperature and land use around water bodies. For this reason three urban and one peri-urban water bodies in Dhaka have been studied with regard to those four parameters. The study was conducted by both parametric techniques and field campaigns.


Urban water bodies Micro-climatic cooling Shape complexity Housing sector Water quality