Cool Towns maps heat stress in East Flemish municipalities
With a third historic heat wave in the process of ramping up in Europe, cities in the 2 Seas area continue facing heat-related effects of climate change.
The many paved surfaces and buildings in cities and municipalities retain heat for longer. As a result, the temperatures in cities and municipalities are higher than in the countryside. During hot periods this can cause heat stress: there is insufficient opportunity to cool down and the heat is becoming increasingly unbearable.
The research teams of the Interreg 2 Seas project Cool Towns are now testing various measures that reduce heat stress, such as softening, greening, with shade and cooling water elements.
Cool Towns brings together leading European research/academic institutions, governmental organisations and industries from the climatology and climate change adaptation domains. The project runs from 2018 until 2022 and received €4.7 million of ERDF.