Microclimate variation of urban heat in a small community

Pui Yun, Paulina WONG, Poh Chin LAI, Melissa HART

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review


Urbanization is known to disrupt the surface energy balance of an urban area. The phenomenon of higher temperatures and thermal discomforts within a local urban setting is broadly known as the urban heat Island (UHI) effect. This research employed roadside temperature measurements to examine microclimate UHI variation in Mongkok, a small urban community of Hong Kong. Results of the spatio-temporal examination indicated diurnal and seasonal variations in the microclimate. A five-level index named the "UHI Threat Rating" was devised to offer easy interpretation of the microclimate UHI variations and facilitate identification of temperature hotspots within a small urban community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-183
Number of pages4
JournalProcedia Environmental Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Subtitle of this journal issue: International Conference on Geographies of Health and Living in Cities: Making Cities Healthy for All, Healthy Cities 2016.


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