Combined effects of impervious surface and vegetation cover on air temperature variations in a rapidly expanding desert city

Soe Myint, Anthony Brazel, Gregory Okin, Alexander Buyantuyev

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Abstract

The goal of this study is to improve our understanding of the interactive function of impervious and vegetation covers at different levels of the local and intra-urban spatial scales in relation to air temperatures in an urban environment. A multiple regression model was developed using impervious and vegetation fractions at different scales to predict maximum air temperature for the entire Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona, USA. This study demonstrates that a small amount of impervious cover in a desert city can still increase maximum air temperature despite abundant vegetation cover.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-320
Number of pages20
JournalGIScience and Remote Sensing
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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