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Wrap-up of Urban Heat Island/Surface Temperature March Campaign


This has been a great year for the Urban Heat Island/Surface Temperature Student Research Campaign. More schools and more students have participated than ever before. I posted a 7 minute "Thank You" video here on https://youtu.be/QPfmAbMrwE4 Youtube. Urban Heat Island is a growing issue worldwide. More than 50% of the population of the world lives in urban areas. Much of this growth has been in developing. I went to research presentations about UHI at the American Association of Geography (AAG) meeting in New Orleans this week. There were many talks about UHI and using satellite imagery to observe it. Student land surface temperature observations made by you can help in studying UHI. The figure below shows one researchers estimation of the impact of the Urban Heat Island effect on aresa of the world (Cui et al. 2016).

I will use some terminology that my GLOBE friend Markus Eugster from Switzerland uses. The warmth of spring has started to be felt in the Northern Hemisphere although in the eastern United States the warmth has been slow to come.

You can see in the maps below that the temperatures in much of the Northern Hemisphere was much colder on March 1, 2018 than on March 26, 2018. On the image, the student data is overlaid with surface temperature derived from the MODIS sensor. You can see the warmer temperatures in the United States, Croatia, Saudia Arabia and Thailand. I think it is really impressive.

March 1, 2018

March 26, 2018

Below is a close-up of Croaita. You can see how closely the satellite imagery and the in situ (that's a fancy word for  observations taken by hand) observations match.

Lastly, we can see the urban heat island effect around Toledo just looking at the difference in temperature between within Toledo (urban) with higher temperatures shown in yellow and outside Toledo (rural) with cooler temperatures represented by blue.

Schools that entered data during March are - with a total of 818 observations.

School Name Data Count
Ashura Secondary School at Riyadh 4
As-Siddiq Secondary School at  Rejal Alma'a 31
AT-Tahawy High School at Al-Hofuf 10
Benjamin Franklin Science Corner 5
Boleslaw Prus Primary School No. 1 in Gora 35
Chartiers-Houston Jr./Sr. High School 26
Chia-Yi Girls senior high school 29
Collège J.Prévert 3
Crestwood High School 33
Curious-on-Hudson 1
Dove Science Academy 93
East Dakota Water Development District 7
Faulkton Area School District 3
Freeport High School 19
Haima basic school 2
Houjia Junior High School 30
Ibri basic School 5
IES Eusebio Barreto 31
III. osnovna skola Varazdin 1
Jackman Road Elementary 78
John C. Stennis Space Center - NASA 1
Kaohsiung  Municipal Cianjin Junior High School 31
Kg/ Tholangamuwa CC 1
Lake High School (GLIDMRO6) 26
Licking Heights West 4
Liou-Guei Senior High School 32
Main Street Intermediate School 43
Manarat Intermediate School at Madinah AL-Monawarah 6
Medicinska Skola Varazdin 13
Mountain View School (GLIDPXRW) 12
National Kinmen Senior High School 21
Oscar A. Carlson High School 6
OS Hugo Badalic 1
OS Ivana Kukuljevica 29
Osnovna skola grofa Janka Draskovica 7
OS prof. Franje Viktora Signjara 2
OS Sime Budinica 3
OS Zadarski otoci 1
Paget Primary School 3
PEACE Schools Network 21
Pickett Elementary School 1
Reynolds Elementary School 1
SciStarter Citizen Scientists LLC GLOBE v-School 1
Shiqaiq Intermediate Girls School at Sabya 38
Shumate Middle School 39
Skola Za Medicinske Sestre Vrapce 25
South Dakota Discovery Center (Data Entry) 1
Srednja škola Braća Radić 2
Srednja skola Marka Marulica 6
Srednja skola Petrinja 1
Srednja skola Vela Luka 2
Srednja strukovna škola Kralja Zvonimira Knin 7
St. Peter Elementary School 3
The 128 Intermediate Gifted Girls School at Jeddah 1
The 19th Secondary Girls School at Al-Madinah Al-Monawarah 15
The 24th Seconadry Girls School at Makkah Al-Mukarramah 21
The Affiliated Senior High school of NCU 1
The University Of Toledo 18
Umm Klthoom bint Uqba 2
Waite High School 10
Webster Avenue Elementary School (GLIDP86R) 3
新北市立新北高級中學 31
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