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A Review on Remote Sensing of Urban Heat and Cool Islands

Azad Rasul (), Heiko Balzter (), Claire Smith (), John Remedios (), Bashir Adamu (), José A. Sobrino (), Manat Srivanit () and Qihao Weng ()
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Azad Rasul: Department of Geography, Soran University, Kawa Street, Soran 44008, Erbil, Iraq
Heiko Balzter: Department of Geography, Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
Claire Smith: Department of Geography, Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
John Remedios: National Centre for Earth Observation, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
Bashir Adamu: Department of Geography, Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
José A. Sobrino: Global Change Unit, Department of Thermodynamics, Faculty of Physics, University of Valencia, Valencia E-46071, Spain
Manat Srivanit: Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University, Pathumthani 12121, Thailand
Qihao Weng: Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana State University, St. Terre Haute, IN 47809, USA

Land, 2017, vol. 6, issue 2, 1-10

Abstract: The variation between land surface temperature (LST) within a city and its surrounding area is a result of variations in surface cover, thermal capacity and three-dimensional geometry. The objective of this research is to review the state of knowledge and current research to quantify surface urban heat islands (SUHI) and surface urban cool islands (SUCI). In order to identify open issues and gaps remaining in this field, we review research on SUHI/SUCI, the models for simulating UHIs/UCIs and techniques used in this field were appraised. The appraisal has revealed some great progress made in surface UHI mapping of cities located in humid and vegetated (temperate) regions, whilst few studies have investigated the spatiotemporal variation of surface SUHI/SUCI and the effect of land use/land cover (LULC) change on LST in arid and semi-arid climates. While some progress has been made, models for simulating UHI/UCI have been advancing only slowly. We conclude and suggest that SUHI/SUCI in arid and semi-arid areas requires more in-depth study.

Keywords: land surface temperature (LST); urban climate; surface urban cool island (SUCI); remote sensing; review (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q15 Q2 Q24 Q28 Q5 R14 R52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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