Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2017 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Measuring Baltimore’s Urban Heat Island
Scott, Anna
Co-Authors: Darryn Waugh, Ben Zaitchik

Abstract: In a warming, urbanizing planet, extreme heat is a top concern for health experts and urban planners. Heat mitigation efforts often involve green infrastructure, which mimics the cooling mechanisms of the natural environment by increasing albedo or planting trees, grass and other vegetation, yet little information is available to quantify the cooling effects of these efforts. We present results from a network of temperature and humidity sensors deployed in summers 2015-2017 in Baltimore, Md.. We find significant relationships between intra-urban temperature variability and urban form, and in particular find that sites with green infrastructure are significantly cooler than those without.