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Atmosphere 2018, 9(3), 98;

Theoretical Urban Heat Island Circulation in the Temperature Inversion Profile

College of Global Change and Earth System Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
Joint Center for Global Change Studies, Beijing 100875, China
National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, Beijing 100081, China
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Received: 19 January 2018 / Revised: 3 March 2018 / Accepted: 7 March 2018 / Published: 9 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Biometeorology)
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The characteristics of urban heat island (UHI) circulation are analytically expressed as functions of the surface temperature in both temperature inversion and non-temperature inversion (NTI) profiles, in which the temperature declines with increasing altitudes. To identify how the inversion layer affects UHI circulation, two temperature profiles are specified to be nearly similar except within the temperature inversion layer. Theoretical calculations suggest that the UHI circulation in the temperature inversion case is weaker and lower than in the NTI case and that there is no significant difference between the two cases. When the inversion layer thickness is fixed, the relative size difference between the weakening inversion intensity and the strengthening temperature influence above the inversion lid controls the decrease or increase in UHI circulation. View Full-Text
Keywords: analytic solution; temperature inversion; urban heat island circulation analytic solution; temperature inversion; urban heat island circulation

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