Landuse landcover changes, variable temperature patterns and associated health impacts in megacities of South Asia

Authors: Chandana Mitra*, Auburn University, Al Emran, Auburn University, Megha Shrestha, Auburn University
Topics: Climatology and Meteorology, Urban and Regional Planning, Asia
Keywords: South Asia, Megacities, LULC, Landsat, Urbanization, Urban heat Island
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Maurepas, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Forecasting a rise in population in south Asian cities from 130 million in 2011 to 250 million in next 15 years, it is important to access the implications on landuse landcover (LULC) and associated environmental anomalies and human health issues. The present study is an endeavor towards detecting dynamics in land surface temperature and urban heat island intensity due to rapid urbanization in 10 megacities of South Asia. The study uses remotely sensed Landsat satellite data for over a period of 20 years or so and the expected outcomes of the study includes: detecting LULC changes, spatial variation in land surface temperature, urban heat island intensity and thermal comfort and health implications in these growing cities. This study will help in determining and implementing better sustainable development planning for the megacities.

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