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Numerical Study of the Effect of Urbanization on the Climate

Abstract This study uses the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model to simulate and predict the changes in local climate attributed to the urbanization for five desert cities. The simulations are performed in the fashion of climate downscaling, constrained by the surface boundary conditions generated from high resolution land-use maps. For each city, the land-use maps of 1985 and 2010 from Landsat satellite observation, and a projected land-use map for 2030, are used to represent the past, present, and future. An additional set of simulations for Las Vegas, the largest of the five cities, uses the NLCD 1992 and 2006 land-use maps and an idealized historical land-use map with no urban coverage for 1900.

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Created Date 2015
Contributor Kamal, Samy M. (Author) / Huang, Huei-Ping (Advisor) / Anderson, James (Advisor) / Herrmann, Marcus (Committee member) / Calhoun, Ronald (Committee member) / Myint, Soe (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Atmospheric sciences / Environmental science / Climate downscaling / Las Vegas climate / Urbanization of desert cities
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 120 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Aerospace Engineering 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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