Special Issue "Urban Thermal Environment under Global Warming Pressure"
A special issue of Urban Science (ISSN 2413-8851).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016)
Prof. Dr. Panagiotis Nastos
Director of Laboratory of Climatology and Atmospheric Environment, Department of Geography & Climatology; Faculty of Geology & Geoenvironment, School of Sciences, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, University Campus, GR 15784, Athens, Greece
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Interests: climate variability; extreme weather and climate; urban heat island; human biometeorology; urban microclimate; outdoor thermal comfort; urban environment and human health
Urban agglomerations combine into one body, the cause and the impact, simultaneously. The cause, on one hand, is that the urban environment is itself responsible for the modification of the microclimate via heat release (urban heat island) and air polluting emissions due to anthropogenic activities. On the other hand, the greenhouse effect is forcing a warmer climate, and it exacerbates the already adverse environmental conditions in a city. The impact triggered by the aforementioned causes concerns the quality of life and public health. Thus, it is clear that urban areas influence/control the final state of the thermal environment by means of intensifying extreme weather, such as strong heat stress, convective precipitation, and poor air quality. Given that the thermal urban environment cannot be assessed and quantified by utilizing only one meteorological parameter, such as air temperature, the implementation of complex thermal indices, based on the human energy balance model, should be considered to reach reliable results. Towards this objective, this Special Issue aims at compiling state-of-the-art work from researchers who focus, but not exclusively so, on the assessment of present and future biometeorological simulations of thermal urban environments and, especially, open areas in a city. In particular, this Special Issue welcomes theoretical and experimental research articles on the following themes, although progress reports on relevant research issues are also acceptable:
- Thermal comfort on the built environment and urban landscapes
- Experimental techniques and biometeorological measurements in an urban area
- Remote sensing methodologies (drones, LiDARs and satellites) on urban climatology
- Urban design and planning towards sustainable cities
- Urban heat island and mitigation strategies
- Global warming and resilience plans for cities
- Modeling of thermal urban environment
- Early warning systems of heat and cold waves designed for urban environments
- Green cities
- Public health and extreme weather (heat and cold waves) in a city
- Air quality and thermal comfort in a city
Prof. Dr. Panagiotis Nastos
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- urban heat island
- heat stress
- human biometeorology
- global warming forcing
- convective weather
- adaptation and resilience
- early warning systems
- green policies