Research Brief: City geometry and Urban Heat Island

Chart from CSHub brief on city geography and urban heat island
November 18, 2015

The urban heat island (UHI) effect is defined as a temperature difference between urban areas and their rural surroundings where the city temperature is higher. UHI is typically studied using modeling practices that focus on vertical heat flow. This brief presents research that looks at the horizontal movement of heat through a method that groups and characterizes cities by their urban surface geometry using a novel approach typically applied in the field of statistical physics. MORE.