Urban Heat Island Effect Campaign: October Wrap-up and December Kick-off

The Urban Heat Island Effect Campaign in October was the best start to the campaign that GLOBE has ever had. 89 schools entered surface temperature data. Some schools like Huntington High School in West Virginia entered a lot of observations. Thanks Mr. Sharpe. A list of the number of observations each school took are listed below. Now that so many observations have been taken, students can do research using the data. There are lots of research questions that students can ask and then answer with this data. The students in my Weather and Climate class are looking at various questions related to the urban heat island effect. 

You can see a wrap-up video I made for the UHIE Campaign here,

Here are some reminders. Please be sure that the students put in local time if that is what they are using or universal time if that is what they are using. Both should be put in as a 24 hour clock. One of the most common mistakes in the data base is students putting a time of 2:00 for 2 pm local time when they should put in 14 local time.

Also, please try to have your students take observations of 2 sites with different cover types. I like to have the students observe grass  and then a paved area like concrete or asphalt. This way, the students can see the difference right away.

You can see that there were clusters of observations. There were a concentration of schools in the eastern United States, Croatia, the Middle East and Southeastern Asia. 

Here are some close-ups of those regions so you can see the schools involved.

I've been asked by a NASA official to look at how snow affects and is affected by the Urban Heat Island Effect. This looks like a good year to do that study in the United States. There is much more snow that at this time last year. There are few things to remember when taking snow observations with your surface temperature observations. Please take a snow depth observation with each of your surface temperature observations. You should record it in millimeters. If there is less than 10 mm of snow on the ground, you should report a T for Trace. 

Why is snow so interesting? Well, it changes the albedo of the surface. During the day, snow reflects sunlight. At night, snow insulates the ground so that the air temperature can get much lower. Thermal radiation is emitted to space cooling the surface. 

Happy GLOBE observing.

Dr. C

School Name Count
Huntington High School  152
Perkins Local Schools 119
Shumate Middle School 75
The University Of Toledo 74
Saint Andrew Catholic School 74
Dove Science Academy 60
Medicinska Skola Varazdin 56
Ottawa Hills Jr/Sr High School 53
King Khalid Secondary School at Al-Hofuf 52
Boston University School of Education GLOBE v-School 51
IES Eusebio Barreto 51
Kaohsiung  Municipal Cianjin Junior High School 51
OS Hugo Badalic 50
Main Street Intermediate School 48
As-Siddiq Secondary School at  Rejal Alma'a 48
Hamzah Bin Abdulmutalib Secondary School at Jeddah 46
Liou-Guei Senior High School 40
National Kinmen Senior High School 40
新北市立新北高級中學 39
Waite High School 35
OS Ivana Kukuljevica 35
Jackman Road Elementary 34
Asma bint aomis basic school 34
Houjia Junior High School 33
New York GLOBE v-School 29
OS Dubovac 27
PEACE Schools Network 24
Skola Za Medicinske Sestre Vrapce 22
New Taipei Municipal Jin-Shan High School 19
Srednja škola Braća Radić 18
Ibri basic School 18
Crestwood High School 17
OS Ljubo Babic 16
OS Valentin Klarin 16
Instituto Federal de Educação Ciência e Tecnologia de Brasília 16
Northern Shores Elementary School 15
Clay High School 14
Said bin nasser alkindi basic school 14
Navarre Elementary School (USOHQ4L6) 13
Faulkton Area School District 11
Flint Hill Elementary 10
Alanjal Intermediate Girls School At Alhufof 9
OS Sime Budinica 8
Licking Heights West 8
Mescalero Apache School 8
III. osnovna skola Varazdin 8
Wyomissing Area Jr./Sr. High School 8
Ekonomsko-birotehnicka i trgovacka skola 7
State University of New York at Fredonia 7
Al-Matan Intermediate and Secondary Girls School at Sabya 6
Al Mustakbal Junior High School 6
The 19th Secondary Girls School at Al-Madinah Al-Monawarah 6
Monroe County Education Center 5
McKinley STEMM Academy 5
Al Fisaliah Gifted School at Jeddah 5
National Taichung Girls’ Senior High School 5
Srednja Å¡kola ÄŒakovec 5
St. Peter Elementary School 5
Mountain View School (GLIDPXRW) 4
Pickett Elementary School 4
OS Mahicno 4
Sintanjin middle school 4
Benjamin Franklin Science Corner 3
Boleslaw Prus Primary School No. 1 in Gora 3
National Lo-Tung Senior High School 3
The 24th Seconadry Girls School at Makkah Al-Mukarramah 3
The Affiliated Senior High school of NCU 3
Colorado STEM Academy 2
I.E. 6030 Victor Andres Belaunde Diez Canseco - Punta Hermosa 2
Metropolitan State University of Denver GLOBE v-School 2
Michigan GLOBE v-School 2
The 20th  Secondary Girls School at Al-Madinah Al-Monawarah 2
Al Faruk Elementary School 1
Anthony Carnevale Elementary School (GLID75OX) 1
Community College of Denver 1
Ekonomska i trgovačka škola Dubrovnik 1
Elementary C  Der Hana 1
Feng-Shan senior high school 1
Israel GLOBE v-School 1
Kaohsiung Youchang Junior High School 1
Keelung Municipal Anle Senior High School 1
Saud bin azzan basic school 1
Science Club Huechulafquen (After School) 1
Shiqaiq Intermediate Girls School at Sabya 1
The 20th  Secondary Girls School at Al-Madinah Al-Monawarah 1
The 25th  Secondary Girls School at Al-Madinah Al-Monawarah 1
The Affiliated High School of National Chung Hsing University 1
Yanuch A 1

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