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Climate, Volume 7, Issue 6 (June 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Thermal indicators have the potential to identify the most thermally vulnerable areas within cities [...] Read more. Thermal indicators have the potential to identify the most thermally vulnerable areas within cities in view of climate-sensitive planning. In this research, the Urban Heat Exposure (UHeatEx) indicator is proposed, incorporating the three-dimensional and dynamic characteristics of the urban thermal landscape. UHeatEx integrates the most important governing forces of the urban heat island: the canyon aspect ratio, the Bowen ratio, the storage heat flux, and the anthropogenic heat emissions. It is derived using remote sensing and GIS techniques, in conjunction with meteorological and inventory data. UHeatEx is found to better highlight the strong intra-urban thermal variability of the study area than the well-established Local Climate Zones scheme, taken that the latter is by-design focused on more universally applicable thermal classes. View this paper.