Urban Heat Island Management

With a career spanning nearly 20 years in the public and private sector, experience in planning and engagement of climate change and as Co-Director of Seed Consulting Services there’s no one better to talk about urban heat island mapping than Mark Siebentritt. An accumulation of heat in urban areas can result in urban heat islands which experience higher temperatures than their surroundings. Climate change will see temperatures rising even further in these areas and make this issue an important aspect for local governments to consider when assessing climate change impacts and planning for the future. Mark offers five actions that councils and businesses need to consider when managing the urban heat island effect.

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  • Mark’s career spans nearly twenty years with public and private sector experience in planning, engagement, climate change, water and natural resource management. He has ten years’ experience in consultancy, including the past 6 years as co-director of Seed Consulting Services Pty Ltd.  

    Prior to this he was CEO of the Waterfind Environment Fund and also worked in a number of positions at the Murray-Darling Basin Commission. His current focus is on how to bring rigorous technical information to bear on complex decision making in a way that builds on local community and industry knowledge.

    He has delivered over 60 climate change projects in the last 4 years, including climate change strategies and risk assessments. Mark is also actively working with local governments to better understand their urban forests, where heat islands occur and how to develop urban cooling strategies.