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How Does the Atmosphere Influence the Urban Heat Island Effect and Therefore Surface Temperature?

Student(s):Chad Kinder Cody Hagley
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
GLOBE Teacher:Rick Sharpe
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report
Protocols:Air Temperature, Barometric Pressure, Clouds, Relative Humidity, Surface Temperature
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Date Submitted:03/14/2018
Surface Temperatures are the greatest indication of UHIE. How does cloud cover, barometric pressure, humidity, and air temperature influence surface temperature and therefore UHIE? The objective is to see what the atmospheric qualities help or hurt the Earth. The method of research is wo walk outside and collect data with a IRT (Infrared Thermometer). Our results of the data are average compared to other schools that collect the same data. All the data is different and it showed that it was not good. UHIE is a growing problem.


This is an interesting research project on urban heat island effect with nice graphs and good experimental design (various surface types).
Here are my questions.
1. In cloud cover and surface temp graph, as the cloud cover reached 100%, why the surface temperature varied a lot?
2. Why was it be a negative correlation between air temp and surface temp?

Keep doing all the great work.