Cities heat up even more than the surrounding regions, an effect known as urban heat islands. To better understand the causes of – and, more importantly, develop effective mitigation measures against – urban heat islands scientists at Empa and ETH Zurich combined weather forecast models with the effects of buildings and streets and came up with a very detailed heat map of Zurich, which can be used to accurately predict local air temperatures.
Some of the research work was carried out in SCCER FEEB&D.
Article “Cities suffer from higher temperatures during heat waves” published on EMPA Website
Interview with Prof. Jan Carmeliet: “Asphalt has a major downside” published on ETHZ Website