We all know that days (and nights) seem to be getting hotter. That could change with a $6 million pilot project – thought to be a world first – that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce summer temperatures at a Bicentennial Park by up to four degrees compared to the surrounding precinct.
AI is increasingly playing a role in benefiting human lives and is now going to help make Bicentennial Park at a cool urban oasis.
SIMPaCT (Smart Irrigation Management for Parks and Cool Towns) is a partnership between the Institute for Sustainable Futures, the NSW Government, several universities, and private industry.
It will merge environmental monitoring and AI across the 42-hectare parkland to provide the coolest possible microclimates for residents and visitors during increasingly hot summers.
Under the project, the Park within Sydney Olympic Park will become a cooler microclimate, a green respite for the 80,000 people who by 2023 will live or work here every day.
Our 1.5 million annual visitors will be able to use a mobile phone app to find the coolest spot for a picnic on a hot day.
The project creator and research lead, Sebastian Pfautsch from Western Sydney University, has been researching urban heat and how to reduce it using evapotranspiration, the process where plants release moisture through the pores in their leaves.