Parks and the urban heat island: A longitudinal study in Westfield, MassachusettsThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
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.