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Author (up) Manoli, G.; Fatichi, S.; Schlapfer, M.; Yu, K.; Crowther, T.W.; Meili, N.; Burlando, P.; Katul, G.G.; Bou-Zeid, E. url  doi
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  Title Magnitude of urban heat islands largely explained by climate and population Type Journal Article
  Year 2019 Publication Nature Abbreviated Journal Nature  
  Volume 573 Issue 7772 Pages 55-60  
  Keywords Remote Sensing  
  Abstract Urban heat islands (UHIs) exacerbate the risk of heat-related mortality associated with global climate change. The intensity of UHIs varies with population size and mean annual precipitation, but a unifying explanation for this variation is lacking, and there are no geographically targeted guidelines for heat mitigation. Here we analyse summertime differences between urban and rural surface temperatures (DeltaTs) worldwide and find a nonlinear increase in DeltaTs with precipitation that is controlled by water or energy limitations on evapotranspiration and that modulates the scaling of DeltaTs with city size. We introduce a coarse-grained model that links population, background climate, and UHI intensity, and show that urban-rural differences in evapotranspiration and convection efficiency are the main determinants of warming. The direct implication of these nonlinearities is that mitigation strategies aimed at increasing green cover and albedo are more efficient in dry regions, whereas the challenge of cooling tropical cities will require innovative solutions.  
  Address Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 0028-0836 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:31485056 Approved no  
  Call Number GFZ @ kyba @ Serial 2669  
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