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1 Oct 2016 | Blog

Temperature as a comfort indicator for Delhi’s citizens

Suruchi Bhadwal & Prasoon Singh

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Automatic Weather Station Installed at TERI University

The phenomenon of temperature rise in urban centers, has gained attention in the recent decades. Known as the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect, it was first conceptualized by Luke Howard in the early 1800s. Since then, several attempts have been made to study this effect vis-à-vis respective peri-urban surroundings in metropolitan landscapes. These studies have shown that the urban areas undergoing change in land cover, i.e adopting more asphaltic and concrete surfaces, have a larger role in temperature change. This, coupled with air pollution, unsustainable resource use, and haphazard urban development contribute to a changing thermal profile. The cumulative effect of all these anthropogenic activities traps the radiative heat in the atmosphere causing this rise in temperature.

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