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.


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. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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

  1. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke October 26, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    I’d be curious about some of the factors driving this, local geography and other things.

  2. Eric Anondson
    Eric Anondson October 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    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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