Visualising Malaysian Cities


Urban analytics – from understanding data to developing insights. Explore our portal to better understand cities.

We use an evidence-based approach to identify and articulate key and underlying issues in cities. Some of our major works that demonstrate this are the Kuala Lumpur Creative and Cultural District (KLCCD): Strategic Master Plan and George Town World Heritage Site (GTWHS): Population and Land Use Change.

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Land Surface Temperature

Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Urbanisation is known to increase the effects of urban heat island (UHI). This map illustrates the 30-year difference between KLCC’s LST observations from 1989 and 2019. The map can provide insights for urban strategists on how cities can become climate-adaptable through nature-based solutions.

George Town

The George Town map illustrates the 32-year difference of the town’s LST observations from 1988 and 2020. George Town recorded one of the highest increases in surface temperature considering its popularity since its 2008’s World Heritage Site inscription.

Bayan Lepas

Bayan Lepas significant rise in temperature relates to the growth of its industries and urbanisation in the nation’s first Free Trade Zone. This map illustrates the 32-year difference between Bayan Lepas’ surface temperature observations from 1988 and 2020.

Johor Bahru District

Johor Bahru District’s map shows a substantial 13-year change between its LST measurements from 2005 and 2018. This map can provide insights for urban researchers on the district’s rapid gentrification, and increased economic corridors and number of industries that have contributed to the temperature rise.

Ipoh City

This map of Ipoh illustrates the 21-year difference between Ipoh’s LST observations from 1998 and 2019. Ipoh shows extreme levels of ecological change and urbanisation which projects unsustainable ecosystem that can affect overall human livelihood and well-being.

Last Updated: 11 February 2021