Topic Summary: Mitigating Climate Change with Reflective Pavements

November 13, 2020

Due to climate change, air temperatures will rise dramatically over the next century—especially in urban areas. The City of Boston, for instance, predicts that by 2050 its average summer air temperature could increase by as much as 7 °F. One way for cities to mitigate these temperature changes is by increasing the reflectivity of pavements, which are one of the most abundant urban surfaces. In this topic summary, CSHub researchers explain how an increase in pavement reflectivity could offer substantial benefits, even reducing the frequency of heatwaves by 40% across U.S. urban areas.