Urban Heat Island Effect in Keene, NH

Authors: Jason LaPanne*, Keene State College, Zane Atwood*, Keene State College
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: Urban Heat Island, Keene NH, GIS
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Around the world, urban areas are found to be measurably warmer that their surrounding country sides. This phenomenon is known as the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHI). The cause of UHI are the impermeable surfaces found in an urban area, such as roads and buildings that retain heat more than other materials. This can have a profound impact on a person’s health and strain a cities infrastructure. This project examines Keene, New Hampshire, as a case study to determine whether the city is affected by UHI. Temperature data are collected using multiple weather stations located throughout the city and two data loggers that were set in specified locations within the city. The data gathered will be mapped using GIS to see temperature trends. Surveys of people in Keene will also be conducted to gauge the awareness and willingness to combat UHI.

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