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Towards discriminating between zones with different thermal behaviour in cities

Conference paper
Authors Zina Mitraka
Christian Feigenwinter
Nektarios Chrysoulakis
Eberhard Parlow
Sue Grimmond
Fredrik Lindberg
Andreas Wicki
Mattia Marconcini
Published in 2017 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event, JURSE 2017. Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 6-8 March 2017.
ISBN 978-150905808-2
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Earth Sciences
Language en
Keywords albedo, atmospheric techniques, atmospheric temperature, remote sensing, Earth observation, building surface cover, building-tree height, city thermal behaviour, homogeneous thermal characteristics, paved surface cover, pervious surface cover, remote sensing techniques, remote sensing technology, satellite sensor technology, sky view factor, surface albedo, surface temperature, urban climate, zone discrimination, Buildings, Earth, Heating systems, Meteorology, Satellites, Urban areas, climate zones
Subject categories Physical Geography, Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences


The advances in satellite sensor technology, the launch of new satellites and the continuous development of remote sensing technology constantly increase the opportunities for monitoring the thermal behaviour of cities from space. Not only the surface temperature, but several other parameters related to the urban climate can be quantified from Earth Observation (EO) data. In this study, remote sensing techniques are applied to derive EO data products and a methodology is proposed that combines this information to discriminate between zones with different thermal behaviour in cities. Information on the building, pervious and paved surface cover, the surface albedo, the mean building/tree height and the sky view factor is quantified in local scale and then used to identify possible zones with homogeneous thermal characteristics.

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