Comparative estimates of anthropogenic heat emission in relation to surface energy balance of a subtropical urban neighborhood

Changhyoun Park, Gunnar W. Schade, Nicholas D. Werner, David Sailor, Cheol Hee Kim

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Abstract

Long-term eddy covariance measurements have been conducted in a subtropical urban area, an older neighborhood north of downtown Houston. The measured net radiation (Q*), sensible heat flux (H) and latent heat flux (LE) showed typical seasonal diurnal variations in urban areas: highest in summer; lowest in winter. From an analysis of a subset of the first two years of measurements, we find that approximately 42% of Q* is converted into H, and 22% into LE during daytime. The local anthropogenic heat emissions were estimated conventionally using the long-term residual method and the heat emission inventory approach. We also developed a footprint-weighted inventory approach, which combines the inventory approach with flux footprint calculations. The results show a range of annual anthropogenic heat fluxes from 20 W m-2 to 30 W m-2 within the study domain. Possibly as a result of local radiation versus heat flux footprint mismatches, the mean value of surface heat storage (δQs) was relatively large, approximately 43% and 34% of Q* in summer and winter, respectively, during daytime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-191
Number of pages10
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Volume126
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Anthropogenic heat emission
  • Eddy covariance
  • Urban energy balance
  • Urban heat island

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Atmospheric Science

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Comparative estimates of anthropogenic heat emission in relation to surface energy balance of a subtropical urban neighborhood. / Park, Changhyoun; Schade, Gunnar W.; Werner, Nicholas D.; Sailor, David; Kim, Cheol Hee.

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Park, Changhyoun ; Schade, Gunnar W. ; Werner, Nicholas D. ; Sailor, David ; Kim, Cheol Hee. / Comparative estimates of anthropogenic heat emission in relation to surface energy balance of a subtropical urban neighborhood. In: Atmospheric Environment. 2016 ; Vol. 126. pp. 182-191.
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