The Urban Heat Island

The Urban Heat Island

1st Edition - May 24, 2021

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  • Authors: Iain Stewart, Gerald Mills
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128156902
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128150177

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The Urban Heat Island (UHI) is an area of growing interest for many people studying the urban environment and local/global climate change. The UHI has been scientifically studied for 200 years and, although it is an apparently simple phenomenon, there is considerable confusion around the different types of UHI and their assessment. The Urban Heat Island—A Guidebook provides simple instructions for measuring and analysing the phenomenon, as well as greater context for defining the UHI and the impacts it can have. Readers will be empowered to work within a set of guidelines that enable direct comparison of UHI effects across diverse settings, while informing a wide range of climate mitigation and adaptation programs to modify human behaviour and the built form. This opens the door to true global assessments of local climate change in cities. Urban planning and design strategies can then be evaluated for their effectiveness at mitigating these changes.

Key Features

  • Covers both on-surface and near-surface, or canopy, measurements and impacts of Urban Heat Islands (UHI)
  • Provides a set of best practices and guidelines for UHI observation and analysis
  • Includes both conceptual overviews and practical instructions for a wide range of uses


Climatologists, meteorologists, geographers, architects, engineers, urban planners, environmental planners, policy and decisions makers, bioclimatologists, urban ecologists, public health officials

Table of Contents

  • 1. The physical basis of the UHI
    2. UHI management
    3. Planning a CUHI study
    4. Executing a CUHI study
    5. Conducting a surface UHI study
    6. Conclusions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 182
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: May 24, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128156902
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128150177

About the Authors

Iain Stewart

Iain D. Stewart is a Research Fellow at the Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto, Canada. He has two decades of experience in heat island research and has taught courses in urban climatology to engineers and architects. The mainstay of his work is both a critical analysis of heat island studies globally and the development of scientific standards for assessing urban temperature effects at the local scale. A major output of his work is the widely used Local Climate Zone classification system. For his advances in the field, Iain has twice received the William P. Lowry Memorial Award from the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC).

Affiliations and Expertise

Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto, Canada

Gerald Mills

Gerald Mills is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography at University College Dublin, Ireland. He has three decades of experience in urban climatology and is a co-author of a modern textbook (Urban Climates) on the field. His work focuses on the development of an urban climate science that has a coherent body of knowledge and associated tools to enable its application to cities globally. He is a former President of the International Association for Urban Climates (IAUC) and of the Geographical Society of Ireland.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, School of Geography, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

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