Map Monday: Urban Heat islands of the U.S ranked

A doctoral student at the UGA, Neil Debbage, led a study trying to determine with urban forms affected urban heat islands the most. The study also ranked the urban heat islands of the U.S.

Urban-heat-island-2010-map

Researchers found no one size fits all urban model where the advice to build more dense or build more sprawling would solve urban heat effects. More density and more sprawl could each increase urban heat island effect in their own way. Most important is how each urban built area is connected and how green space divides it up.

Eric Anondson

About Eric Anondson

Born in St. Louis Park and lived there nearly 28 years but has been living in Hopkins since 2008. Eric's hopped around two years or so at a time in Loring Park, Laurel Village, Snellby, Whittier, and Golden Valley. He works in downtown Minneapolis. On Twitter as @xeoth.

2 thoughts on “Map Monday: Urban Heat islands of the U.S ranked

  1. Eric AnondsonEric Anondson

    I tried digging out the actual study, didn’t get far enough not having the sorts of access to academic publishings to read beyond press releases.

    I’d love to see those details too, I have a hunch it’s coming in further research. The kind of study whose conclusion is “more research is called for”, 😉 .

    I’d love speculating though!

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