Street smarts required in heat mitigation

Arizona State University researcher Ariane Middel and her colleagues investigated how solar reflective coatings on select Los Angeles city streets affected radiant heat and, in turn, pedestrians’ comfort on a typical summer day.The idea is, if you coat a street with a lighter color than traditional pavement black, it will actually lower the surrounding temperatures. But ASU Ariane Middel and her collaborators wanted to measure what effect reflective coating had on pedestrians.