Urban Heat Island Modeling for Tropical Climates

Urban Heat Island Modeling for Tropical Climates

1st Edition - November 17, 2020

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  • Authors: Ansar Khan, Soumendu Chatterjee, Yupeng Wang
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128225585
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128196694

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Urban Heat Island Modeling for Tropical Climates takes into account the different urban physics in tropical environments, presenting a way of UHI scaling for tropical cities. Topics include measuring, modeling and proper mitigation strategies, which account for the surface energy balance of tropics. Tropical cities are more susceptible to the effects of projected global warming because of conditions in tropical climates and the rapid growth of so many cities in this zone. The need for research on measuring, modeling and mitigation of UHI effects in tropical cities is of growing importance. This book walks through the basics of Urban Heat Islands, including causes, measurement and analysis then expands upon issues as well as the novel techniques that can be used to address issues specific to the region.

Key Features

  • Reviews topics related to understanding the fundamentals of modeling and impacts of urban heat islands
  • Covers many techniques, from remote sensing, to numerical modeling and then applying them to urban climate studies in general, and in tropical cities
  • Describes the scaling of urban heat islands based on long-term seasonal thermal parameters as feature-based classification systems using a probabilistic and fuzzy logic approach, unlike local climate zones (LCZs)


Applied Climatology, Climatology, Urban Climate, Urban Environment

Table of Contents

  • 1. Context and Background of Tropical Urban Heat Island

    2. Characterizing Thermal Fields and Evaluating UHI Effects

    3. UHI Drivers in Modeling Urban Thermal Environment

    4. Scaling UHI and Microclimate Environment

    5. WRF/UCM Simulation for City-scale UHI Modeling

    6. Simulating Micro-scale Thermal Interactions using ENVI-met Climate Model

    7. Future Research for Tropical UHI

Product details

  • No. of pages: 298
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: November 17, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128225585
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128196694

About the Authors

Ansar Khan

Ansar Khan is an assistant professor of geography at Lalbaba College, University of Calcutta in India. A global leader in the field of urban climate research, his work incorporates simulation and numerical modeling of tropical climatic events. A key focus of his research is searching for appropriate mitigation strategies and technologies to decrease the overheating of tropical urban areas while also decreasing energy consumption and protecting health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Geography, Lalbaba College, Howrah, India

Soumendu Chatterjee

Soumendu Chatterjee is a professor and chair of the Department of Geography at Presidency University in India and was formerly a member for the Commission on Hazard and Risk of International Geographical Union (IGU). His current research focuses on Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) modeling in the context of the dynamic nature of terrestrial and atmospheric phenomena, biophysical systems, and human adaptations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Presidency University, Kolkata, India

Yupeng Wang

Yupeng Wang is a distinguished research scholar in the Department of Human Settlements and Civil Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. With past projects including urban microclimates and heat island mitigation measures, he continues to focus his research on urban heat islands, sustainable urban development, and urban environmental simulation and evaluation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Research Scholar, Department of Human Settlements and Civil Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University

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