New Article Published on ‘Heat Penalty’ of Walkable Neighbourhoods

Recent undergraduate honours student and alumna of the GeoSDH Group Grace O’Brien recently published in the International Journal of Biometerology on the ‘heat penalty’ associated with walkable neighbourhoods. On a summer day in 2016, Ms. O’Brien and Professors Ian Strachan and Nancy Ross used a sensor to measure the temperature and relative humidity along a 28 km transect of suburban and urban neighbourhoods on the island of Montreal. They found a mean temperature difference of 1.7 °C between the least and most walkable neighbourhoods, and a strong association between higher walkability and elevated temperatures. The authors of the article discuss the need for planning measures that mitigate higher temperatures in highly walkable areas “to reduce potential health consequences of the heat penalty”. Read more here.

The article was featured as the Canadian Urban Environmental Consortium’s (CANUE) paper of the week and draws attention to what undergraduates can accomplish in research at McGill. Congratulations to Ms. O’Brien on her publication. We wish her the best during her graduate studies at Dalhousie University!