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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Rochester Urban Heat Island: Summer vs. Winter

The significantly higher temperatures found in urban areas as compared to the surrounding rural areas can be classified as urban heat islands, or UHI. The idea of UHI is receiving more attention with the growth and expansion of cities. A distinct characteristic of an urban heat island is the ability to trap heat energy at the surface of the earth, resulting in a rise in temperature. Through this project it will be determined whether the urban heat island effect is stronger during the summer or winter months in Rochester, NY. The temperature data for several sites throughout Monroe County is used to determine the cooling rate of these areas on nights of ideal conditions. The sites are separated into three categories; rural, suburban, and urban areas. Maps are also plotted to show the relationship between the cooling rates and locations of the stations.

Presenter: Heather Carney (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Honors Program
Location: 120 Hartwell
Time: 9:20 am (Session I)