The Urban Climate, 1st Edition

The Urban Climate, 1st Edition,Helmut Landsberg,ISBN9780124359604


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The Urban Climate aims to summarize analytical studies directed toward physical understanding of the rural-urban differences in the atmospheric boundary layer. Attempts to quantify conditions have met with some success. There is certainly a clear understanding of the physical relations that create the climatic differences of urbanized areas. Although some of the earlier classical studies are cited here, the emphasis is on the work done during the last decade and a half. This volume comprises 11 chapters, beginning with an introductory chapter discussing the literature surrounding the topic, its historical development, and the problem of local climate modification. The second chapter presents an assessment of the urban atmosphere on a synoptic and local scale, and examines the observational procedures involved. The following chapters then go on to discuss urban air composition; urban energy fluxes; the urban heat island; the urban wind field; models of urban temperature and wind fields; moisture, clouds, and hydrometeors; urban hydrology; special aspects of urban climate; and finally, urban planning. This book will be of interest to practitioners in the fields of meteorology, urban planning, and urban climatology.

Helmut Landsberg

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University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.

The Urban Climate, 1st Edition


1 Introduction

1.1 The Literature

1.2 Historical Developments

1.3 The Problem of Local Climate Modification


2 The Assessment of the Urban Atmosphere

2.1 Synoptic versus Local Scale

2.2 Observational Procedures


3 Urban Air Composition

3.1 The Urban Atmosphere

3.2 Air Standards and Observations

3.3 Pollutant- Weather Interactions

3.4 Urban Climatological Dispersion Models


4 Urban Energy Fluxes

4.1 Solar Radiation

4.2 Other Flux Parameters

4.3 Man-Made Factors in the Urban Heat Balance


5 The Urban Heat Island

5.1 Development and Growth of the Heat Island

5.2 Fluctuations of the Heat Island

5.3 Vertical Extent of the Heat Island

5.4 Wind Influence on the Heat Island

5.5 Consequences of the Urban Heat Island


6 The Urban Wind Field

6.1 Empirical Evidence for Wind Alterations

6.2 Vertical Wind Structure in Urban Areas

6.3 Urban Wind Field and Other Mesoscale Circulations


7 Models of Urban Temperature and Wind Fields

7.1 Static Models

7.2 Dynamic Models of Urban Flow

7.3 Model Applications to Air Pollution Studies

List of Symbols


8 Moisture, Clouds, and Hydrometeors

8.1 The Urban Humidity Field

8.2 Urban Clouds

8.3 Urban Precipitation


9 Urban Hydrology



10 Special Aspects of Urban Climate

10.1 Corrosion and Deterioration

10.2 Urban Noise

10.3 Plants in the Urban Atmosphere

10.4 Effects of Urban Atmosphere on Humans


11 Urban Planning



Author Index

Subject Index

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