(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Birmingham's air and surface urban heat islands associated with Lamb weather types and cloudless anticyclonic conditions

published at : Applied meteorology and climatology

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ZHANG F. (1) ; CAI X. (1) ; THORNES J.E. (1) ;
(1) Univ. of Birmingham, Birmingham, ROYAUME-UNI


This study investigates the characteristics of the air and surface urban heat islands (aUHI and sUHI) of Birmingham in relation to Lamb weather types (LWTs) over the period 2002–2007, with a particular focus on cloudless anticyclonic conditions. Ground-based MIDAS air temperatures within the urban canopy layer at the urban Edgbaston and rural Shawbury weather stations were used to derive the aUHI intensity (aUHII). Satellite-derived MODIS/Aqua land surface temperatures (LST) under cloudless conditions were used to derive the spatial patterns of the sUHI as well as the sUHI intensity (sUHII). Using Jenkinson's objective daily synoptic indices, a combined subset of 11 LWTs were examined for their association with the nocturnal aUHI. The AA. also developed a simple analytical model that links the slope of the aUHII–sUHII relationship to the difference of "built-up" area fraction between the urban pixel and the rural pixel in satellite imagery of land cover. These findings of the aUHII–sUHII relationship may lead to the future development of a generic methodology of deriving the spatial patterns of aUHI from satellite measurements


Thematical fascicle

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 38, no 4 [pp. 431-447]

Bibliographic references : 36 ref.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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