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Climate 2017, 5(4), 97; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli5040097

Determination of the Surface and Canopy Urban Heat Island in Athens Central Zone Using Advanced Monitoring

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Group of Building Environmental Physics, University of Athens, Building Physics 5, University Campus, 15784 Athens, Greece
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The Anita Lawrence Chair in High Performance Architecture, School of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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Received: 7 November 2017 / Revised: 14 December 2017 / Accepted: 14 December 2017 / Published: 20 December 2017
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The present study aims to present all the findings of micro-climate measurements that were performed by the University of Athens in the center of Athens, during the summer period. The extended experimental campaign aimed to collect thermal and air flow measurements, in different measuring points along a main street in the city center, in order to estimate the surface and canopy heat island intensity. In this work, the methodology of collecting the data, the experimental procedure, the equipment used, and lastly, the results are being presented. Comparison with the meteorological conditions that are recorded in the National Observatory of Athens, for the same period, lead to important conclusions about the local microclimate in the center of Athens and specifically the magnitude of the heat island effect. Particularly, in the denser area of the city after midday, air temperature increases reaching values up to 5 degrees higher than the one recorded in the suburban area. On the contrary, early in the morning the air temperature of the “green area” of the city was found to be lower up to 2 degrees than the corresponding in the suburban area. View Full-Text
Keywords: urbanization; air and surface temperature measurements; outdoor thermal comfort; urban heat island; surface cool island effect urbanization; air and surface temperature measurements; outdoor thermal comfort; urban heat island; surface cool island effect
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Georgakis, C.; Santamouris, M. Determination of the Surface and Canopy Urban Heat Island in Athens Central Zone Using Advanced Monitoring. Climate 2017, 5, 97.

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