Urban Heat Island Modelling 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.
- 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)
1. Context and Background of Tropical Urban Heat Islands 2. Characterizing Thermal Fields and Evaluating UHI Effects 3. UHI Drivers in Modeling Urban Thermal Environment 4. Urban Microclimate and UHI Scaling 5. City-Scale UHI Modeling 6. Simulating Microscale Thermal Interactions using ENVI-met Climate Model
Dr Ansar Khan is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Lalbaba College, Howrah, India. His research incorporates simulation and numerical modeling of tropical climatic events including urban climate and microclimatic variation using the state-of-the art Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model and Regional Climate Model (RegCM). He has expertise in handling data and implementing models in many software platforms like R, MATLAB, FORTRAN, NCL, C++ etc. He has published several books and more than 69 research articles at various reputed national and international level of publication. His research contribution has been recognized by some leading researchers in the domain of urban climate research.
Dr Soumendu Chatterjee is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at Presidency University, Kolkata, India. His research is largely involved in climate change through Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) modeling in the context of the dynamic nature of the terrestrial & atmospheric phenomena, bio-physical systems and human adaptations. He worked as a member for the Commission on Hazard and Risk of International Geographical Union (IGU). He has published 7 books and about 120 research papers in many national and international publication of repute.
Dr Yupeng Wang is a Distinguished Research Scholar in the Department of Human Settlements and Civil Engineering at Xi'an Jiaotong University. His research interests include Urban Heat Islands, Sustainable Urban Development and Urban Environmental Simulation and Evaluation. He has worked in Japan, Canada and China, and is an editorial board member for an international journal. His funded projects include analyzing Urban Microclimates and Heat Island Mitigation Measures. He has published over 30 papers to date.