In 2017 Santiago (Chile) registered one of the highest temperatures in its history, exceeding the 37°C mark. Considering the recent surge of climatic variations related to rising temperatures —just as the heatwaves and wildfires in California— it is expected that this phenomenon will continue occurring, affecting the quality of life of millions of people. These are the opening remarks of the video GeoAdaptive has prepared to launch its first office in Latin America, located in Santiago, Chile. With this video, GeoAdaptive hopes to show the public how, through the integration of scientific rigor and creativity, it is possible to deliver solutions to current global challenges.
Temperatures affect the municipalities of Santiago and Providencia differently due to inherent variations in building density and vegetation. Urban vegetation has the ability to cool down the environment through the photosynthesis process and the shade it provides. The analyses—done with satellite and geospatial technologies— allowed the measurement of temperatures and tree canopy coverage in each municipality, providing relevant information to address heat-waves and heat island effect in the metropolitan area of Santiago:
The information provided by advanced analytics, as seen in the video, would allow municipalities to detect critical areas affected by rising temperatures, thus improving the social and environmental benefits of municipal programs and investments, such as parks, landscaping, and urban forestry management.