heat islands in the city - modelled air temperatures two metres above ground

“Heat Islands” in the City

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