Charlotte Brown



Charlotte is a PhD researcher at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the Urban Heat Island in Manchester and mitigating its negative impacts on both health and electricity demand. She is supervised by both Sarah Mander and Ruth Wood. She is firstly, investigating how geospatial analysis techniques can further our understanding of the spatial variation of temperature across a city, an area which traditionally lacks data. The resulting dense spatial data will then be used to analyse how Manchester’s buildings are likely to fair in the future given the impacts of the Urban Heat Island and future climate change. This will be done by mapping characteristics of buildings which make them prone to overheating such as being south facing in orientation for example. This data along with the temperature data will then be analysed together to assess the risk of overheating spatially across the city. Her research is based in the Tyndall Centre, however, is also part of the multi-displinary CDT in power networks and funded by EPSRC, which aims to tackle future challenges posed to the electricity grid.


Charlotte graduated from the University of York in 2016 with integrated masters in Environmental Geography. Her masters project involved work on fast moving ice ‘ice streams’ in Antarctica, using GIS to map surface features in order to investigate mechanisms beneath the ice.

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Phone: +44 161 275 4371

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School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester, MANCHESTER M13 9PL