WORKSHOPS

Over the course of the project, four workshops were organised as a platform for conversations about the future of UHI and OTC policy and research. All workshops included the UHI Task Force of representatives from academic institutions and government agencies. For the third workshop, the Scientific Advisory Panel of Cooling Singapore was also invited to present their insights on the study of UHI and OTC in other cities.

The most recent workshop was held on November 27, 2018, to introduce agencies and researchers to the next phase of Cooling Singapore in 2019.


Cooling Singapore Task Force engaging with our researchers during Workshop #1, July 3 2018

Cooling Singapore Task Force engaging with our researchers during Workshop #1, July 3 2018

CAMPAIGNS

The Cooling Singapore Team conducted several social campaigns, focusing on studying the relationship between climate, urban space, and people. Through online and on-site surveys, on-site measurements and workshops, people’s thermal perception, their attitudes and beliefs about urban warming, their preferences for specific heat mitigation strategies, and their willingness to contribute / pay to improve their neighbourhood’s thermal comfort was investigated.

For example, an outdoor thermal comfort and daily mobility campaign (on-site survey, measurement and pedestrian counting) has been conducted in the central Tanjong Pagar district. It specifically targets transiting pedestrians in their daily commutes. As with the other social campaigns, this helps to characterise the walking habits and OTC thresholds of this specific population, highly subject to short-time variations of their thermal environments. More specifically, the role of air humidity in the overall perception and sensation of thermal discomfort in Singapore has been investigated.

The Cooling Singapore Team communicated, through these studies, the importance of citizen engagement in policy-making as well as planning neighbourhoods in Singapore in order to improve residents’ thermal comfort and encourage their outdoor activities. More than 2500 Singapore residents have participated in the campaigns. The social studies have been conducted in collaboration with Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and the local NGO Participate in Design (PiD).

Measurement Study in Punggol (February 2018) / Source: Lina Meisen Photography 2018

Measurement Study in Punggol (February 2018) / Source: Lina Meisen Photography 2018