Urban Sci., Volume 1, Issue 4 (December 2017) – 10 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): The cover image illustrates a cross-section of land cover change-temperature association between 2003 and 2013 in the city of Perth, Australia. The Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect describes higher temperatures over manmade surfaces, often associated with increased mortality, energy consumption and economic expenditure. Globally, urban areas are expected to triple by 2030 and the UHI effect is considered a major problem of the 21st century for sustainable cities. Current UHI monitoring methodologies fail to detect temperature intra-city differences between urban and non-urban surfaces negating targeted policy. This paper applies an earth observation approach to disentangle spatial variations between land cover change and land surface temperature, enabling refined mitigation of the UHI effect. View this paper
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