The Urban Heat Island effect: How to tackle excess heat in cities

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Our summers are getting hot! Most cities are not prepared to manage heat and prevent impacts on wellbeing.

And have you heard of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect? How seriously can it impact health? How does it relate to climate change? and to mobility? Do yo believe it being irreversible?

This course will give you answers to these questions, by exploring the UHI effect, its causes and the solutions that have emerged in recent years. Enjoy!

In this course, you will:

– Understand what is Urban Heat Island and the impacts on human health and wellbeing

– Identify the causes of UHI and its relationship with mobility and climate´s change.

– Explore cooling solutions to effectively reduce the UHI effect in urban areas.

This course is aimed at all urban professional profiles directly concerned about urban effects on health: Urban planners, Transport planners, Architects, Landscape architects, Civil Engineers and other Professionals involved in the field of urban mobility. It is also aimed to those that actively work in urban environments such as Local Politicians, City Administration professionals and Decision-makers regarding urban design and rules.

Multi-language videos:To make this course accessible for a greater audience, the videos’ subtitles are available in English, French, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovak and Turkish.


3 modules

Recommended schedule

2 days

Total length

1 hour and 30 minutes


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Carlota Sáenz de Tejada

Carlota Sáenz de Tejada is a postdoctoral researcher at Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), specializing in Urban Planning, Environment, and Health. She holds a PhD in Architecture and Urban Planning (2019) and received the Extraordinary Doctorate Award (2021). She conducted research at Universidad San Pablo-CEU, Politecnico di Milano, and University of Edinburgh. She has actively participated in scientific outreach activities.

About the Course

Free & Paid options

You can access and participate in the course for free. If you want to earn a  certificate upon completion, you can purchase it. The certificate will be accessible only once the course is successfully completed. Read more here.

What Urban Professionals Have to Say

A great way to learn the basics about the strategies to mitigate the effects of heatwaves in urban areas!
Petra Grgas

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Yash Palikhe
Posted 2 weeks ago
About Heat Wave

This course i pretty informative.

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Suvinya Angurukumbura
Posted 1 month ago
Excellent course

Contained many strategies that can be implemented to mitigate UHI effect. Very useful as an urban planning undergraduate.

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Michael Forde
Posted 7 months ago
It's Urbanization Baby!

The course was short, sweet and substantial, so met my expectations.

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Patrick Schafstein
Posted 7 months ago
Extensive basic knowledge on the topic.

This is a great introduction to the UHI issue and it is definitely an incentive for further studies.

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