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A Geospatial Analysis of the Urban Heat Island Effect in Denver County

Authors: Rebecca Dennis*, , Rafael Moreno-Sanchez, University of Colorado Denver
Topics: Urban Geography, Remote Sensing, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: urban heat island, planning, landsat, thermal, infrared, imagery
Session Type: Guided Poster
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For the past decade Denver, Colorado has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. The rapid population growth has increased the development of the inner city as well as the surrounding suburbs. Denver, Colorado is an excellent location to produce a good urban heat island case study. An urban heat island is in an area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas due to human activities. Also, an urban heat island is the product of the concrete environment. Buildings with dark roofs, city streets, and lack of vegetation are the causes of trapped heat energy. An impervious surface is artificial structures—such as asphalt, concrete, brick, stone—and rooftops. The correlation of fewer trees and a greater number of impervious surfaces can have a dramatic effect on the livelihood of residents living in an urban environment. Are the impervious services greater than the tree cover? And, what is the general infrastructure? By using remotely sensed thermal-infrared imagery which is collected by Landsat, this will provide an analysis of the surface of Denver County.

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