FURI | Fall 2021

A Decision Support System for Urban Canopy Selection

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As record heatwaves are being seen across the globe, new tools are needed to support urban planners when considering infrastructure additions. This project focuses on developing an interactive web interface that evaluates the effectiveness of various shade structures based on certain parameters. The interface requests user input for location, date, and shade type, then returns information on sun position, weather data, and hourly mean radiant temperature (MRT). This tool will allow urban city planners to create more efficient and effective shade structures to meet the public’s needs.

Student researcher

Maya Muir

Computer science

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2022