Urban Heat Island Survey
Information about the research

Purpose: Studies have shown temperature increases in cities worldwide due to the rapid urbanization over the last few years. Edmonton is one of these cities because of its rapid urbanization over the years! Climate atlas of Canada has predicted that the number of hot days greater than 30°C (86°F) in Edmonton will be tripled by 2100. This increase in temperature has a potential to increase health risks and it can also negatively affect the wellbeing of the residents in the city. Higher temperatures can increase the risk of asthma, heat stroke, and general discomfort.

Interestingly, even Edmonton as a Winter city has been experiencing this phenomenon. Therefore, we are curious to know whether you, as a resident of Edmonton , are aware of this concept (what it is, factors, effects, and consequences), and if you have experienced urban heat island (UHI) effects over the past few years. This survey aims to understand if you have noticed any differences in your neighbourhood land use (e.g. less vegetation, more buildings etc.) compared to other neighbourhoods. Additionally, we would like to understand if you practice any mitigation and adaptation behaviours during your day-to-day activities to reduce the UHI effects.

What are Urban Heat Islands?

Urban heat Island refers to an island of warmer temperature in an urban area compared to its surrounding rural areas. But what leads to urban heat islands? There are several causes for urban heat island such as less vegetation in urban areas, use of concrete and asphalt, less water bodies in and urban centre, more built-up areas and many other factors.

Who we are: This research is being conducted by the Urban Environment Observatory (https://cms.eas.ualberta.ca/UrbanEnvOb/) at the University of Alberta. This research is funded by Alberta Ecotrust Foundation under the Cities IPCC Legacy Research Grant Program.

Who can participate: You are invited to participate in this survey since you are a resident of the City of Edmonton. This is a voluntary participation and will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. If you choose to withdraw your participation you can do so by closing this window before submitting your response.

Your privacy: Your responses will be anonymous, and we will not collect your personal information like email, name, address etc.

Contact us: If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Nilusha Welegedara at yalingas@ualberta.ca or Ghazal Lotfi at lotfi@ualberta.ca

The plan for this study has been reviewed for its adherence to ethical guidelines by a research ethics board at the University of Alberta. For questions regarding participants rights and ethical conduct of research, contact the research ethics office at 780-492-2615.

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