Synergistic Interactions between Urban Heat Islands and Heat Waves: The Impact in Cities Is Larger than the Sum of Its Parts*

  title={Synergistic Interactions between Urban Heat Islands and Heat Waves: The Impact in Cities Is Larger than the Sum of Its Parts*},
  author={Dan Li and Elie Bou‐Zeid},
  journal={Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology},
  • Dan LiE. Bou‐Zeid
  • Published 13 September 2013
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
Cities are well known to be hotter than the rural areas that surround them; this phenomenon is called the urbanheatisland.Heatwavesareexcessivelyhotperiodsduringwhichtheairtemperaturesofbothurbanand rural areas increase significantly. However,whether urban andrural temperaturesrespondin the same wayto heat waves remains a critical unanswered question. In this study, a combination of observational and modeling analyses indicates synergies between urban heat islands and heat waves. That is, not… 

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