One of the most prevalent changes felt in cities around the world is that of summer heat becoming unbearable. GeoPDF® can help urban planners identify critical areas in their cities’ design.
The global climate is changing, with average temperatures increasing and weather extremes becoming more severe. One of the most prevalent changes felt in cities around the world is that of summer heat becoming unbearable. Heat stress is a term that is used to indicate temperatures than can be unpleasant and even harmful to humans and animals. Lots of paved surface increases perceived temperatures, while providing shade and greening an area lower it. Many cities are still concrete jungles, soaking up heat and providing little heat relieve to citizens. Urban planners are often aware of this, but lack detailed spatial insights to adapt efficiently.
Below is a small heat stress exercise I did for the Dutch city of Rotterdam. By combining some of the factors that create heat stress, I was able to make this map. Next, I use the GeoPDF Publisher to export this mapview as a GeoPDF. I configure my export settings so that I end up with a layered GeoPDF that contains all my attribute data. The GeoPDF file created is GeoMark Enabled. A GeoMark is one of the collaboration manager’s components. Attributes and hyperlinks assigned to a location using GeoMark carry over to the GeoPDF Toolbar. By looking at my GeoMarks, the municipality’s field crew can efficiently do their work and update my map.
With GeoPDF, urban planners can become the coolest kids on the block!