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DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.187
Title (Primary) The effect of multi-dimensional indicators on urban thermal conditions
Author Alavipanah, S.; Schreyer, J.; Haase, D.; Lakes, T.; Qureshi, S.
Source Titel Journal of Cleaner Production
Year 2018
Department CLE
Volume 177
Page From 115
Page To 123
Language englisch
Keywords 3D modeling; Urban morphology; Urban ecology; Building shadows; Urban heat island; Boosted regression tree analysis
UFZ wide themes RU6;
Abstract Urban heat island (UHI) studies have recognized ten factors as increasing the inner-city temperature compared with that of the surrounding suburbs. The UHI effect is a leading cause of heat-related diseases and mortality in many nations. However, there are still two main shortcomings. First, the effect of UHI is not well recognized in arid and semi-arid regions. Second, the association of multi-dimensional information with surface temperature in urban areas must be examined. This study focuses on the height-related aspects of urban geometry in an arid region. A range of multispectral and spatial vector data were used to derive the surface temperature and two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) information of the study area. All information was aggregated into a grid with common spatial resolution to create a homogeneous dataset. The machine learning statistical model of a boosted regression tree (BRT) was used to reflect the relative influence of 2D and 3D indicators with land surface temperature. Our results showed a cooler surface temperature in the city than in the surrounding area, leading to the question of whether the established UHI definition encompasses all types of cities. In addition, the thermal band was able to distinguish different spatial structures in the study area. The BRT analysis demonstrated that both multi-dimensional 2D and 3D indicators affect the surface temperature. In particular, the 3D indicators play a more important role than 2D indicators in shaping the surface temperature at different urban geometries of the study area. This new method can help urban planners identify the most influential 2D and 3D indicators that affect the surface temperature in different districts of a city.
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Alavipanah, S., Schreyer, J., Haase, D., Lakes, T., Qureshi, S. (2018):
The effect of multi-dimensional indicators on urban thermal conditions
J. Clean Prod. 177 , 115 - 123 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.187