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Spatio-temporal variability of urban heat islands in local climate zones of Delhi-NCR
Author(s): Bakul Budhiraja; Prasad Pathak; Girish Agrawal
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Paper Abstract

Land use change is at the nexus of human territory expansion and urbanization. Human intrusion disturbs the natural heat energy balance of the area, although a new equilibrium of energy flux is attained but with greater diurnal range and adversely affecting the geo/physical variables. Modification in the trend of these variables causes a phenomenon known as Urban Heat Island (UHI) i.e. a dome of heat is formed around the city which has 7-10 °C high temperature than the nearby rural area at night. The study focuses on Surface UHI conventionally studied using thermal band of the remotely sensed satellite images. Land Surface Temperature (LST) is determined for the year 2015 using Landsat 8 for Delhi National Capital Region (NCR). This region was chosen because it is the biggest urban agglomeration in India, many satellite cities are coming in periphery and it has temperate climate. Quantification of UHI is predictably done using UHI intensity that is the difference between representative Urban and rural temperature. Recently the definition of urban and rural has been questioned because of various kinds of configurations of urban spaces across the globe. Delhi NCR urban configurations vary spatially- thus one UHI intensity does not give a deep understanding of the micro-climate. Advancement was made recently to standardize UHI intensity by dividing city into Local Climate Zones (LCZ), comes with 17 broad categories. LCZ map of Delhi NCR has been acquired from World Urban Database. The seasonality in LST across LCZ has been determined along with identifying warmest and coolest LCZ.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 October 2017
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10431, Remote Sensing Technologies and Applications in Urban Environments II, 1043110 (4 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2280253
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Bakul Budhiraja, Shiv Nadar Univ. (India)
Prasad Pathak, Nalanda Univ. (India)
Girish Agrawal, Shiv Nadar Univ. (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10431:
Remote Sensing Technologies and Applications in Urban Environments II
Thilo Erbertseder; Nektarios Chrysoulakis; Ying Zhang; Wieke Heldens, Editor(s)

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