Procedia Environmental Sciences
Urban heat island, Microclimate, Spatial analysis, GIS
Urbanization is known to disrupt the surface energy balance of an urban area. The phenomenon of higher temperatures and thermal discomforts within a local urban setting is broadly known as the urban heat Island (UHI) effect. This research employed roadside temperature measurements to examine microclimate UHI variation in Mongkok, a small urban community of Hong Kong. Results of the spatio-temporal examination indicated diurnal and seasonal variations in the microclimate. A five-level index named the "UHI Threat Rating" was devised to offer easy interpretation of the microclimate UHI variations and facilitate identification of temperature hotspots within a small urban community.
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Subtitle of this journal issue: International Conference on Geographies of Health and Living in Cities: Making Cities Healthy for All, Healthy Cities 2016.
Wong, P. P. Y., Lai, P.-C., & Hart, M. (2016). Microclimate variation of urban heat in a small community. Procedia Environmental Sciences, 36, 180-183. doi: 10.1016/j.proenv.2016.09.030