Using big data to prioritise cooling a city

About This Project

Melbourne Water strategically invests in urban cooling outcomes across land and waterways it manages. Mosaic and Alluvium developed a prioritisation scheme that identifies specific locations to invest, based on the cooling potential, and heat vulnerability of the surrounding population, population density, stormwater benefit and broader urban forest policy in Melbourne LGAs.

The data on prioritisation were developed into a Power BI dashboard with Mapbox as a tool for displaying and engaging with spatial data. The dashboard was designed to support planning and  speaks to both operational and strategic components of the urban cooling program at Melbourne Water. Background material and guidance on delivery of urban cooling projects are integrated with the dashboard.

The product has improved access to the information and evidence needed to support and justify investment in urban outcomes. This leads to improved communication and better informed decisions.

Data dashboards can be tailored to a wide range of land and water management settings to provide bespoke and data-driven decision support tools that draw value from data that we generate through spatial analytics, modelling, surveys and remote sensing.