Extreme heat events are predicted to increase in frequency and duration in the Midwest region of the United States by the year 2050. Trees in urban areas can help mitigate heat by reducing solar radiation loads (due to canopy size, shape, leaf area, and leaf density), as well as through careful tree placement). Additionally, evapotranspiration (ET) from tree leaves can help to cool the microclimate around the trees, thereby reducing heat loads and building energy use.
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