Using Satellites to Map the Urban Heat Island Effect and Using Products to Generate Public Action in Harrisonburg
The Urban Heat Island effect (UHI) is a phenomenon where urban centers are hotter than their surrounding rural counterparts. Ever since it was first discovered there have been a variety of methods of mapping this effect from using terrestrial sensors to satellites. This study attempts to evaluate different mapping methods, specifically two different satellite methods (ECOSTRESS and MODIS). As well as a community driven mapping method that involved terrestrial sensors attached to cars. This study then discusses remedies to the UHI and documents efforts to remedy it through a partnership between researchers, the community, and the city of Harrisonburg as well as future efforts that are slated to be completed.
Brooks, Trevor and Kreps, Timothy A., "Using Satellites to Map the Urban Heat Island Effect and Using Products to Generate Public Action in Harrisonburg" (2023). ASPIRE 2023. 1.