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Sensors 2009, 9(4), 2647-2660; doi:10.3390/s90402647

Development of a Green Roof Environmental Monitoring and Meteorological Network in New York City

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Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University, New York, NY 10025, USA
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Department of Civil Engineering & Earth and Environmental Sciences, City College of New York, New York, NY, USA
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Received: 18 March 2009 / Revised: 4 April 2009 / Accepted: 10 April 2009 / Published: 15 April 2009
(This article belongs to the Section Remote Sensors)
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Abstract

Green roofs (with plant cover) are gaining attention in the United States as a versatile new environmental mitigation technology. Interest in data on the environmental performance of these systems is growing, particularly with respect to urban heat island mitigation and stormwater runoff control. We are deploying research stations on a diverse array of green roofs within the New York City area, affording a new opportunity to monitor urban environmental conditions at small scales. We show some green roof systems being monitored, describe the sensor selection employed to study energy balance, and show samples of selected data. These roofs should be superior to other urban rooftops as sites for meteorological stations.
Keywords: Urban heat island; green roofs; combined sewer overflows; energy balance; urban vegetation; mitigation; building energy Urban heat island; green roofs; combined sewer overflows; energy balance; urban vegetation; mitigation; building energy
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Gaffin, S.R.; Khanbilvardi, R.; Rosenzweig, C. Development of a Green Roof Environmental Monitoring and Meteorological Network in New York City. Sensors 2009, 9, 2647-2660.

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