The vision of the Western Parkland City is for ‘a city in its landscape’. A city that is restorative and regenerative, restoring ecological and hydrological systems to ensure they are sustainable. The creation of the Western Sydney Parkland City is happening with aims of moving beyond BAU to realise integrated solutions to urban heat and water.

Adding water and vegetation reduces temperatures in cities. This cooling effect can be modelled at a range of scales through spatial urban heat analysis.

Mosaic Insights is providing strategic evidence to Sydney Water, using spatial information, meteorological data and future climate data, to support a water sensitive approach to development in the South Creek catchment.  We can demonstrate the benefits of a water sensitive approach – a cooler, greener infinitely more liveable urban environment and healthier creek environment.

Our method combines spatial information with meteorological data to determine the air temperature, land surface temperature and a measure of human thermal comfort. This enables us to compare the difference in urban areas when vegetation and water is incorporated into the landscape.