Christelle Moussa, full-time graduate student in ecosystem management, LDEM, FAFS, was among the winners of the second annual student competition on climate change. A cooperative effort of the Issam Fares Institute (IFI), Banque Libano-Française (BLF), IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, and Wageningen University and Research (WUR), the competition encourages interdisciplinary research on climate change adaptation and water scarcity solutions that inform policy making. Criteria include: English language proficiency, significance/relevance of the topic, innovation, the research plan, methodology, clarity, and achievability, and relevance to policy.
Moussa’s project explores the use of climatically adapted and native vegetation in residential developments in arid cities to potentially reduce the UHI footprint. Her thesis proposal, Vegetation as an Urban Heat Island (UHI) mitigation measure in arid contexts: The case of Dubai, reflects on the significance and challenge of UHI mitigation. The results will contribute to the revision of planning and landscape policies in Dubai and has the potential to also provide guidelines for other arid cities.