Mega regional heat patterns in US urban corridors

Show simple item record Fard, Babak J. Bhatia, Udit Ganguly, Auroop R. 2020-12-09T14:01:04Z 2020-12-09T14:01:04Z 2020-11
dc.identifier.citation Fard, Babak J.; Bhatia, Udit and Ganguly, Auroop R., “Mega regional heat patterns in US urban corridors”, arXiv, Cornell University Library, DOI: arXiv:/2011.13031, Nov. 2020. en_US
dc.description.abstract Current literature suggests that urban heat-islands and their consequences are intensifying under climate change and urbanization. Here we explore the relatively unexplored hypothesis that emerging urban corridors (UCs) spawn megaregions of intense heat which are evident from observations. A delineation of the eleven United States UCs relative to their underlying climatological regions (non-UCs) suggest a surprisingly mixed trend. Medians and trends of winter temperatures over the last 60-years are generally higher in the UCs but no such general trends are observed in the summer. Heat wave metrics related to public health, energy demand and relative intensity do not exhibit significantly higher overall trends. Temperature and heat wave indices in the UCs exhibit high correlations with each other including across seasons. Spatiotemporal patterns in population, along with urbanization, agriculture and elevation, exhibit high (positive or negative) rank correlations with warming and heatwave intensification. The findings can inform climate adaptation in megalopolises.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Babak Jalalzadeh Fard, Udit Bhatia and Auroop R. Ganguly
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Cornell University Library en_US
dc.subject Applications en_US
dc.subject Geophysics en_US
dc.title Mega regional heat patterns in US urban corridors en_US
dc.type Pre-Print en_US
dc.relation.journal arXiv

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