Published 08 March 2018

With future climate change scenarios indicating more heatwaves and days over 35°C, the City of Tea Tree Gully will map the City’s hot spots using thermal sensing cameras during the day and night of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 March - 11 March.

Identifying the hottest part of the City will allow Council to create cooler and more liveable suburbs through the preservation and planned introduction of tree and plant scapes.

This is the first time a flyover of this kind will be conducted in our Council area, with ground temperature readings to be collected from 3,000m in the air during the day and night.  

Once developed, the high-resolution maps will indicate where our City’s hot spots are located in relation to buildings, roads, trees and other vegetation, at any time of day. In case of poor weather, the flyover may be postponed, as it requires warm conditions and clear skies to go ahead.

The maps are expected to take up to 12 months to produce and will be available for the public to view via Council’s website when released.

This project is a key step towards the implementation of the Resilient East Project and Adapting Northern Adelaide, which are the Climate Change Adaptation plans prepared by councils as part of South Australia's Climate Adaptation Framework.

Resilient East Project Coordinator Tim Kelly said the flyover would help Council to further study the relationship between heat and vegetation in our City.

‘The work is about generating scientific evidence so we can communicate the benefit of preserving trees and gardens,’ he said.

‘It will provide Council with facts and data to work with private landholders, businesses and developers, and encourage them to put in more trees and more green infrastructure on private land.’

Council is working with Seed Consulting in collaboration with Endev Geographic and Monash University to deliver the project.

Other councils involved in the study include:

  • City of Adelaide
  • City of Burnside
  • Campbelltown City Council
  • City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters
  • Town of Prospect
  • City of Salisbury
  • City of Unley
  • Town of Walkerville

For further details:

To find out more about Resilient East :

To find out more about Adapting Northern Adelaide: