Parks and the urban heat island: A longitudinal study in Westfield, Massachusetts

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  • Authors: Bristow, Robert S.; Blackie, Robert; Brown, Nicole.
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Publication Series: Other
  • Source: In: Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; Watts, Clifton E., Jr., eds. Proceedings of the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-94. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 224-230.

Abstract

Urban landscapes often have warmer temperatures than the surrounding countryside, a phenomenon known as the urban heat island (UHI) effect. This study compares and contrasts temperatures across Westfield, Massachusetts, a moderate size New England city, and considers the influence that the city’s parks and protected areas have on the local microclimate. The data show a clear urban heat island in the downtown area of Westfield and show that the urban heat island grew larger between 1993 and 2009.

  • Citation: Bristow, Robert S.; Blackie, Robert; Brown, Nicole. 2012. Parks and the urban heat island: A longitudinal study in Westfield, Massachusetts. In: Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; Watts, Clifton E., Jr., eds. Proceedings of the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-94. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 224-230.
  • Posted Date: March 19, 2012
  • Modified Date: March 19, 2012
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