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Jorge E. Patino
Rafael Prieto-Curiel
Brilé Anderson

Las próximas décadas serán de rápida urbanización y estrés climático en las ciudades africanas. Los espacios verdes pueden aumentar la resiliencia de las ciudades frente a las olas de calor, las inundaciones, los deslizamientos de tierra e incluso la erosión costera, además de mejorar la sostenibilidad al reparar la calidad del aire, proteger la biodiversidad y absorber carbono. Sin embargo, datos cuantitativos sobre la forma urbana, la disponibilidad de espacios verdes y la contaminación del aire son muy escasos y de difícil acceso para ciudades en África. En este trabajo usamos datos geoespaciales abiertos para analizar cuantitativamente las relaciones entre la forma urbana, la presencia de espacios verdes y la calidad del aire. Los resultados del análisis indican que la presencia de espacios verdes se relaciona con mejor calidad del aire, pero que deben estar acompañados de otras políticas para que su presencia sea realmente efectiva.

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