The use of urban vegetation as a tool for heat stress mitigation in hot and arid regions, case study: Beer Sheva Israel Academic Article uri icon


  • The paper examines the impact of urban vegetation on the micro-‐climatic conditions in the city of Beer-‐Sheva, Israel, which is characterized by a hot, arid climate and consequently suffers from severe heat stress during the summer. The study analyzed the vegetation cooling effect on two urban tissues:(a) streets with trees planted along their sides and (b) urban parks. For the first urban tissue two NW-‐SE oriented parallel streets were chosen: a pedestrian mall with vegetation and mature Jacaranda trees predominating, and a bare street with no trees. Both streets have the same width of 15 m and surrounding buildings of similar heights (1 to 2 stories). In situ measurements were taken in 2009 during two periods: the beginning of summer (June) and the end of summer (September). Results show significant differences between the two time periods as indicated in the trees' impact on …

publication date

  • January 1, 1950