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The Urban Heat Island Effect in Atlanta, Georgia Justin Chaddick EAS 4480 Spring 2013 Sampling Sites Sampling Sites Sampling Frequency Daily Maximum and Minimum ...
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Title: The%20Urban%20Heat%20Island%20Effect%20in%20Atlanta,%20Georgia 1 The Urban Heat Island Effect in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Justin Chaddick
  • EAS 4480 Spring 2013
  • 2 Sampling Sites Atlanta Eatonton 3 Sampling Sites 4 Sampling Frequency
  • Daily Maximum and Minimum Values
  • Sample Period January 1st 2000 December 16th 2010
  • 5 Raw Daily Maximum Data Correlation Coefficient 98.5 6 Raw Daily Minimum Data Correlation Coefficient 95.0 7 Periodic Trends Minimum Maximum Period for min and max 364 days 8 Histograms Kurtosis 2.09 Kurtosis 1.87 Kurtosis 2.43 Kurtosis 2.41 9 Plotting Histogram Data 10 Quantifying Atlanta Eatonton Days Hotter Max Temp 3436 523 Avg Amount Higher F 0.21 2.77 Days Hotter Min Temp 783 3157 Avg Amount Higher F 4.88 0.39 Avg Max Temp F 72.1 74.7 Avg Min Temp F 53.9 49.5 Median Max Temp F 74.5 77 Median Min Temp F 56.1 50.5 11 Conclusions
  • Atlanta is a urban heat island
  • The urban heat island phenomenon is best seen through comparison of minimum temperature data
  • Could be due to atmospheric mixing created by solar surface heating during daytime
  • Increasing urban vegetation could help reduce heat island
  • Lowering albedo
  • Increasing evapotranspiration
  • 12 References Data Sourced from www.georgiaweather.net Maps from Google Earth
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